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10 Ridiculous Things People Used to Believe 50 Years Ago

Airline stewardesses‘ job description: to be hot

As you’ve probably heard and seen in many movies depicting the 1960s, it wasn’t uncommon for male executives to choose their secretaries based on the way they looked rather than their experience on the job. However, it was airlines who took the “hotness” hiring criteria to a sky-high level.

Flight attendants today hate being called stewardesses, but do you know why? Because, according to Vanity Fair, the term “stewardess” is associated to a period when the only skill you had to have to serve peanuts and beer during domestic and international flights was to master wearing a mini skirt. The job description back then stipulated you had to be at least 20 but no more than 27 years old, well-proportioned, be at least 5-foot-2 but no taller than 5-foot-9, weigh no more than 140 pounds, single and without kids. Welcome Aboard!

Future stewardesses were given lessons on how to walk and talk sexy, how to maintain a sexy posture, how to put on attractive makeup, style their hair and do their manicure. Freckles or tanned skin had to be covered by makeup and bruises on legs could get you fired. Age 32 was the equivalent of today’s 65 when it came to retirement, for obvious reasons…back then.

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14 thoughts on “10 Ridiculous Things People Used to Believe 50 Years Ago”

  1. When I was 19 I worked for a dry cleaners near Logan Airport, Boston MA. and had a special 1 hr. service that Stewardesses could use on their turn around flights and have a clean uniform. Because of this service we got more and more Stewardesses as customers. We enhanced our service by my taking many of them to the airport to catch their flights. I met many (some 80) lovely, beautiful and terrific personality young women and yes fell in love with one very special and good girl, who older than me by a couple of years fell for me too; but sadly a romance that failed. A lot of these gals were serving a lot more than peanuts and beer and there were many crazy and wild parties, some of which were broken up by the police. It was a special era and I am glad to have been a part of it. I will never forget Carol.

  2. It was ok to take your gun to school –
    “Talk about mass shooting waiting to happen!” – No, let’s talk about mass shootings that NEVER happened. Mass shootings at schools didn’t happen until AFTER schools became so-called “gun free zones”, aka – soft targets.

  3. Now a days –You will be damn near hung from a tree for dui —3 offenses and you do not pass go –you go to jail — I liked it back in the late 60’s and 70’s —you could drive after having 4 beers -almost anywhere at anytime and not be arrested and hung for having drank 4-beers but not being drunk ….. 2 beers will get you busted now and I dont know anybody who gets drunk on 2 beers …………………..

  4. I was one of those kids, who hunted after school and kept my shotgun in the trunk of my car ca.1960. I later learned that my son’s entire football team did likewise ca. 1980. no-one ever got shot by these people until my group got their all expenses paid tour of SE Asia.

  5. Lyle Summerfield

    I’m almost 64, and that’s how it was. You just didn’t get so drunk that you would die from booze poisoning like the punks now days. Used to drive and drink all the time’ but now every one has to have a car. Too many people on the road now, so, that’s not a good idea any more, plus, more people are dumb as a box of rocks. If you want to drink, stay home, or have a person who won’t be getting gassed-up like the rest of you.!!!

  6. Quit crying, we were more responsable back then than most nerds of today. How are going to be ready to defend our country, if you can’t fire a weapon to defend the USA.? Next, you will want our steak knives. Read your Bible, we are living in a fallen world, and things are not getting better. Take off those rose colored glasses and see the real world. I’ve been overseas, and I have seen how they live in the Asian countries. They would love to be in this nation because the freedoms and life that we have. So…relax… they used to burn witches at the stake in the early years of this country, read some history books and see for your self.!!! Have Fun.!

  7. Seatbelt saved my life, being hit by a semi, broad side, my side, drivers side, while driving a stake rack truck with a 12 foot bed back in 1984.

  8. Ronald Morrison

    Used to do that all the time in the winter. We would go hunting after school and leave our rifles or shotguns in the gun rack in the back window of our pick up or in our lockers. We had common sense in those days. Every boy had a pocket knife. It was just something we carried all the time.

  9. Your ideas are not from someone who lived during that time, I did. The ONLY thing correct about your 10 Things is the People Believed Everyone Would Live the Good Life. The rest is BUNK!!!

  10. The voice thing happens to be true for both men and women; one should always speak with a smile and try to sound as pleasant as possible. Or you can be a rude, crude, and socially unacceptable bore like a large portion of the population today.