vintage airline gum

Back when things were "all gummed up"

Back when things were “all gummed up”

The airline gum business started early.  Helen Richardson was the third stewardess hired by Northwest Airlines in 1939.  See tribute to Helen in earlier Lady Skywriter blog. Her “gum caddy” resides at the Minnesota Historical Society. We were still offering gum while taxiing for takeoff during my NWA career in the late 1950s.  The package […]

Helen Jacobson Richardson Loved Northwest Airlines!

Helen Jacobson Richardson Loved Northwest Airlines!

Courtesy, Minnesota Historical Society Among many artifacts Richardson donated to the Minnesota Historical Society is the “gum caddy” that Helen used to pass gum to passengers to alleviate pressure-popping in their ears.   Helen Jacobson Richardson died January 6 at Friendship Village in Bloomington Minn.  She was 99 years old.  She was the third stewardess […]