Rare Vintage North American Airlines Stewardess Uniform With Cap And Pin
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Rare Vintage North American Airlines Stewardess Uniform With Cap And Pin:
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A RARE, VINTAGE NORTH AMERICAN AIRLINES STEWARDESS UNIFORM WITH CAP AND PIN.
This uniform was listed a short while ago and then removed as we needed to correct some of our initial data. We were contacted by a number of kind and knowledgeable folks from the airline industries as well as interested collectors who made available to us information that, search though we did, we could not find.
OUR CURRENT STORY IS THIS (and we are stickin' to it!).
There have been two airlines (both small) under the name NORTH AMERICAN AIRLINES. This particular uniform is from the earlier company based in California, started in the 1950's. We now quote from one of our sources (who chooses to remain anonymous):
American Airlines for which you have a uniform operated from Los Angeles, CA,
1950 - 1956. It was a carrier under the umbrella of the North American Aircoach
System - they operated five non-scheduled airlines to circumvent the CAB's then
eight flights per-month rule for supplemental carriers. Thus they could offer
daily low-fare service coast-to-coast and to Florida. The carrier was re-named
Trans American Airlines in 1956.
The other North American Airlines from 1989 had nothing to do at all with this earlier NAA."
We say "rare" because, scour the internet though we have, we cannot find it's match. What little we did find under a search for NORTH AMERICAN AIRLINES was derived from Wikipedia (whom we admire and support). They only (up till now) have data on the more recent NAA airline started in '89-'90, with offices in Georgia that ceased operations in 2014. does not allow us to give you direct access to that information (don't we wonder why???????) but if you search Wikipedia for NAA you will find the reference. We hope to correct and update that database soon.
There is a also remarkable website (, of course, will not let us tell you what that is!!! . . .) with over 1500 uniforms of stewardesses from a gazillion different airlines. That collector, a remarkable Dutch KLM Airlines steward, has no uniform from North American. We regret there is some damage to the fabric. Small creatures have been at the cloth at some point. Please see some close-ups of the more egregious of those deficits. The skirt is in much better condition than the jacket as it was hanging inside the jacket and therefore protected from those predations. Two of the jacket buttons are pinned through from the back with safety pins, resulting in an odd misfit beneath the bodice that the discerning eye, gazing upon that very bodice, will note.
The garment appears to be a size two as our winsome model, from a noted New England family (who, afraid for repercussions from appearing on , has asked that we mask her identity) is herself a size two. Getting the hat to fit appropriately was tricky. Either it is meant to be very smallish or the model's head was fat. The pin appears on the hat and identifies the airline. We have many other photos; has a limit of 12. If you wish to see more, please contact us in the only manner that permits. The uniform has no identifying data on it, save for a label (not photographed) that reads: Simpson-Nash Custom Tailors Los Angeles. This also helps place the owner in California and not Georgia The period of the early '50s also supports the fabric and style of the garment.
A knowledgeable person has offered us use of a photo from his collection. It shows a number of items from the earliest version of NAA and clearly shows the hat badge/logo that we are selling here.
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