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Back in My Day We Didn't Have to Beg for Peanuts on a Cross-Country Flight

By Chuck Sudo in Arts & Entertainment on Nov 12, 2007 10:39PM


Yeah, people knew how to fly the friendly skies on November 21st, 1965, when the menu above was served on a United Airlines flight from Denver to San Francisco. This and 380 other menus from airlines, ocean liners, and railroad lines are available for perusal online at the Transportation Library archives of Northwestern University. The archives hark back to a time when multiple course meals were de rigueur not only for first class passengers, but economy fliers, as well. The Sun-Times takes a closer look at the archives today, with some industry experts stating that a desire for cheaper fares and "post 9/11" shock on why these menus aren't in vogue today.

The former we can accept: certainly airfare is much more affordable today than it was when we were kids. But we have to call the airlines out on the latter; we were begging for pretzels on flights way before 9/11.