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.