Propeller Era Uniforms (1940-1959)
This was the first uniform worn by Delta flight attendants, or "stewardesses," as they were called at the time. Military styling of a navy blue jacket fastened with brass buttons, a gored skirt, an overseas cap and white gloves. The white silk blouse had a pleated front.
The uniform was purchased from Rich's Department Store in Atlanta. Cost to employee: $110, which was payroll deductible.
Lightweight uniform made up of a beige jacket and gored skirt, an open-collared blouse in rust, and an oval hat. Shoes were brown and cream spectators. The uniform was purchased from Neiman Marcus Department Store in Dallas, Texas.
Stewardesses wore black head-to-toe, from their overseas cap and gored-skirted suit, to the pumps. A black tie was worn one winter with the white tuxedo-front blouse.
No more brass buttons in summer—this tan, collarless jacket fastened with two plastic buttons. The skirt was box-pleated and knee-length. A white, button-down blouse and a tan overseas cap finished the look.
1946-1947 Purser Uniform
Male pursers, wearing maritime uniforms purchased from the Army & Navy Store, briefly served at Delta in the post-war period, from March 1946 to July 1947. Each purser worked with a female flight attendant as a team of two onboard the DC-4, Delta's new four-engine, 44-seat aircraft.
Military styling continued for winter with a navy jacket, gored skirt, overseas cap and pumps. The white blouse had a jewel neckline.
Similar to the previous summer uniform, but featuring a one-button, not two-button, jacket and a narrower skirt without box pleating.
One of Delta's prettiest uniforms—a short Eisenhower jacket of cream worn over a white blouse and a slim navy blue skirt.
Brass buttons discontinued for winter—this navy blue jacket fastened with one plastic button. The jacket had wider lapels and the skirt was narrower than last winter's uniform.
Light blue, long, collarless jacket fastened with three, fabric-covered buttons. The light blue skirt was slim with a kick-pleat in back. White v-neck blouse, light blue overseas cap, and navy-and-white stiletto spectator pumps finished the look.
Delta introduced this uniform after acquiring its first international flights—to the Caribbean and Caracas, Venezuela—from a merger with Chicago and Southern (C&S) Air Lines on May 1, 1953. This "tropical weight uniform" was worn year-round on the international flights.
Serving smocks, in dark blue, were issued for meal service for the first time in 1960.
Long, collarless jacket, narrow skirt and overseas hat in Civil War "Confederate gray." Shoes were black-and-white stiletto spectator pumps.
Navy blue collarless jacket, narrow skirt and overseas cap, paired with navy stiletto pumps.
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