This was the first uniform worn by Delta flight attendants, or
"stewardesses," as they were called at the time. Military styling of navy blue jacket fastened with brass buttons, a gored skirt, overseas
cap and white gloves. White silk blouse had a pleated front.
The uniform was purchased from Rich's department store in Atlanta, Georgia. 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 cap. Shoes were brown and cream spectators. Uniform purchased from Neiman Marcus department store in Dallas, Texas.
Light blue, form-fitting, long, collarless jacket fastened with three, fabric-covered buttons. Two slit pockets in front. Light blue skirt was slim with kick-pleat in back. White v-neck blouse, light blue overseas cap, and navy-and-white stiletto spectator pumps finished the look. Uniform by Hamilton Tailoring Company of Cincinnati, Ohio. Cap by Mae Hanauer of New York, NY.
Delta introduced this uniform after acquiring its first international flights—to the Caribbean and Caracas, Venezuela—from a merger with Chicago and Southern Air Lines on May 1, 1953. This "tropical weight uniform" was worn year-round on international flights.
Serving smocks, in dark blue, were issued for meal service for first time in 1960.
In 1962, Delta altered the jacket for a trendy look closer in style to its 1959-1965 Winter Uniform. Jacket was cropped to just below the waist, eliminating the two front slit pockets. Sleeves were shortened to 3/4 length.