Fly TWA to Paris
From this wonderful 1950’s-era postcard: “A feature of the Mural Lounge aboard TWA’s Jetstream aircraft is a distinctive painting by Maric Zamparelli, representing a major city or nation along TWA’s world-wide routes. Each plane in the Jetstream fleet has a different mural subject. This card shows Zamparelli’s interpretation of Paris.”
This is an image of the Starlight Lounge from one of these aircraft, from the collection of Jon Proctor, and used in the book From Props to Jets: Commercial Aviation’s Transition to the Jet Age 1952-1962by Proctor, Mike Machat, and Craig Kodera. These aircraft were prop-driven Lockheed L-1649a (Starliner) Constellations, or “Connies”, and carried around 60 passengers in comfort and style. According to Proctor et al., “With pull-out footrests and deep seatback recline, the chairs were nearly as comfortable as the sleeper berths that were also available, and provided a competitive edge, both on transatlantic and transcontinental segments.” Nowadays, of course, airlines treat you like a sardine, and charge you for the privilege of bringing a suitcase along.