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Monday, April 23, 2012

First Class

Airplane travel today is not what it used to be.  My granddaddy started an aircraft company after his service in WWII, and his business took him all over the world.  My grandmother often traveled with him, especially during the heyday of glamorous flying in the 1950's and 1960's.  This was when people used to dress up to fly, when stewardesses flight attendants were amiable and looked like models, and when airplane meals were prepared by a chef.   

My grandmother usually kept one or two small momentos from the countries she visited, but she did not keep very much since she did not like clutter.  I recently found a stack of First Class menus from Air France and Alitalia flights.  The colorful birds on the front of the menus are works of art. 

Can you believe these are airplane menus?  Aren't the colors just stunning?

It even specificies the flight and the type of airplane.

It is safe to say that on-flight dining selections have changed over the years...

No doubt, these menus were saved because of their gorgeous covers.  Framing them would be a beautiful reminder of my grandmother and her love of travel.

I had a set of 4 framed prints that I did not really like (who frames a dandelion, really...), and it just so happens that they are EXACTLY the right size to hold the menus without any cutting or alteration of the menus. 

So I took out the yellow flowers, dandelions and all, and left the frames and mats in-tact.  I even had a little helper.

I placed a menu face-down in each of the four frames.

And they turned out great!  I love the birds and bright colors!

They are just what I needed in my family room.

And I love them especially because they remind me of my precious grandmother. 


nancy said...

I think the birds look wonderful, much better than the prints you had before! What beautiful prints, and what a great story, altogether perfect for your family room!

betsy said...

I love this post and your idea for the old posters. What glamour there was once! Now air travelers are pre-pinched and prodded sardines in an un-appetizing can. I was in love with the show"Pan Am" that showed the spirit and adventure of flight in the old days. Of course the show was so excellent that it had to be cancelled.

the Queen City Style said...

Best post ever!! The whole thing from start to finish... the education of stylish history, the nostalgia, the art work, the DIY, the design and the warm and fuzzy! LOVE!!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous post today! So enjoyed the personal touch that went along with those great pics.

Erin @ NonShrinking Violets said...

I really love this. Totally unique and meaningful to you.

Danielle {freshquince} said...

Love them, especially since they have a connection and history to you!

Sanity Fair said...

FABULOUS. The images themselves are marvelous - it's all the sweeter to have such a great story to go with them. It sounds like your grandmother was a really neat lady.

I've recently been trying to incorporate more family-centered items into my decor. The answer so far has been to print up photos in black and white and use matching frames/mats to bring the look together.

Vickie H. said...

Love! and a TREASURE to boot!!!

Jess said...

Oh, wow. I LOVE it. In my opinion, the best art for the home is something that holds weight to you -- like something you made or something from your past.

I wish I would come across something like this from my grandparents or parents!

Rowantree Design said...

Now this post this post excites me. I love aircraft travel, I have a whole portfolio on uniforms over the years, food, cutlery and menu's etc. I love these bird artworks, very colourful indeed and my goodness what treasures you are beholding! I also love the ikat upholstery on your chair. x

Dayka said...

i love finding ways to use treasured family mementos in interior design! your grandmother's menus look perfect framed on your wall and are a great way to keep her memory (and well-traveled life) alive with you. very cool.

Jenn @ Living Luxe for Less said...

Thank you for sharing this post with us. This is such a beautiful tribute to your grandmother. I love the idea of incorporating special family memories into your home in ways beyond photos. This is so gorgeous!

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