Pan Am Hawaii In-Flight Menu Art by Lillian Sader 1960s
Pan American World Airways, commonly known as Pan Am, was the principal and largest international air carrier in the United States from 1927 until its collapse in1991.
Founded as a scheduled air mail and passenger service operating between Key West, Florida and Havana, Cuba, the airline is credited for many innovations that shaped the international airline industry, including the widespread use of jet aircraft, jumbo jets, and computerized reservation systems.
Identified by its blue globe logo ("The Blue Meatball"), the use of the word "Clipper" in its aircraft names and call signs, and the white uniform caps of its pilots, the airline was a cultural icon of the 20th century.
The first Pan Am Clipper took off in 1935 from Alameda air station and headed across San Francisco Bay before landing in Hawaii.
As air travel became more accessible, passenger flights from Los Angeles to Honolulu were hugely popular. However, they ended in 1986.
This lovely menu cover featuring Hawaiian attractions was one of a series designed by the artist Lillian Sadler (1920-2010).
Sadler started her career at the Chicago Art Institute but her primary career was as a graphic artist and advertising expert ,and she worked with the famous ad man Walter Landor for over 40 years in San Francisco.
She was one of the original “Mad Men,’ actually one of the rare women working in a male-dominated field. If you are a fan of the TV series, the character of Peggy Olson, the plucky and talented ad woman played by actress Elizabeth Moss, sounds very like her.
As a highly paid executive, Sadler worked with high-profile brands such as Coca Cola, Philip Morris and many airlines – including Pan Am.
Air passengers could request a complete set of the Sadler menus suitable for framing – proving that people appreciated menu art decades ago.
Gallery quality Giclée print on natural white, matte, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson archival inks. Custom printed with border for matting and framing.
Each order includes a print of the interior menu.
All printed in USA.