Peter Almond looks back to the days of luxury in early aviation
Planes had to compete with the kind of luxury service people got on trains - to give the impression of being sophisticated. At this time, the Berlin to Vienna Air Express provided drinks and a cold buffet service - though in later years there was a full-meal service. You can see the man on the left pouring wine, and the women on the right eating a sandwich, and a steward serving in the background. Airships, meanwhile, had galleys and provided a full-meal service, but then, they were long-range aircraft, often doing transatlantic flights.
There was, of course, noise and strong vibration in the cabin. But people were prepared to put up with it for the convenience of being able to fly directly between cities, rather than have to change trains. Later, cabins were made quieter by locating the engines between the wings away from the fuselage.
German airlines also provided the first in-flight movies: single-reel short films were shown on some services. Of course, they were silent; the engine noise would have been too great to hear any sound anyway Scott Hughes
Peter Almond's book, `The Hulton Getty Picture Collection: Aviation - The Early Years', is published by Konemann, price pounds 20
Art take `An Afternoon Stroll, New England', by Katy Kianush. An example of the new internet gallery Art Arena which combines a gallery of new paintings alongside modern poetry, prose and card designs. Art Arena, 16 Crane Furlong, Highworth, Wiltshire, SN6 7JX (tel and fax: 01793 766818) www.artarena.force9.co.uk
Life & Style blogs
Plus London's buy-to-let hotspots and a new property portal
Guest post by Richard Sexton, business development director of e.surv chartered surveyors
Plus lateral thinking and living on London's waterways
- 1 What, let gays get married? We must be bonkers
- 2 Rocky Horror star Tim Curry 'suffers major stroke'
- 3 Exclusive: How MI5 blackmails British Muslims
- 4 Lord of the Sings: Sir Christopher Lee, 91, to release heavy metal album
- 5 Exclusive: Woolwich killings suspect Michael Adebolajo was inspired by cleric banned from UK after urging followers to behead enemies of Islam
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Find out what The Independent's resident travel expert has to say about one of the most beautiful small cities in the world
Nook is donating eReaders to volunteers at high-need schools and participating in exclusive events throughout the campaign.
Get the latest on The Evening Standard's campaign to get London's children reading.
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.