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All A Smogasbord: Vintage Photos Of Scandinavian Airlines Meals

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Founded on August 1, 1946, Scandinavian Airlines has just turned 70. To celebrate, the airline pulled out some old menu cards and and pictures of in-flight meals.

 

Scandinavian Airlines 1955 sleeper

Scandinavian Airlines 1955 sleeper

 

It all looks glorious. Of course it does. These pictures were taken to advertise the marvel of flying with SAS. Curious minds wonder what’s been omitted from these copped images. It’d be more honest to show the photographer’s fingers around the pictures’ edges to remind us that what we are seeing is selected and stylised.

What we do see are the chefs, who with flourishes of impressive blades carve slices of meat from the grinning hostesses’ well-stocked trolley. The sommelier stands by, ready to suggest the best vintage to accompany the smogasbord of mile-high delights. And judging by the expression of the men and woman being served, food was not only the thing on the menu in 1970s Scandinavian airspace. Odd, indeed, that in the age of regrettable meals, food in the skies was food of the gods:

MENU – HANDWRITTEN FROM 1946 – 1948

MENU – HANDWRITTEN FROM 1946 – 1948

 

Scandinavian Airlines 2

Scandinavian Airlines 1975 readymeal

Scandinavian Airlines 1975 readymeal

Scandinavian Airlines 1955 cheese board

Scandinavian Airlines 1955 cheese board

Scandinavian Airlines 1965 chefs

Scandinavian Airlines 1965 chefs

Kabinservice_sas

Scandinavian Airlines 1955 lunch

Scandinavian Airlines 1955 lunch

Scandinavian Airlines 1965 dinner

Scandinavian Airlines 1965 dinner

Scandinavian Airlines 1955 meals

Scandinavian Airlines 1955 meal

Scandinavian Airlines 1975 dinner

Scandinavian Airlines 1975 dinner

Scandinavian Airlines 1975 lunch

Scandinavian Airlines 1975 lunch

Scandinavian Airlines 1983 first class

Scandinavian Airlines 1983 first class

Scandinavian Airlines 1980 chef

Scandinavian Airlines 1980 chef

Scandinavian Airlines 1980 grill

Scandinavian Airlines 1980 grill

Scandinavian Airlines 1975 grill

Scandinavian Airlines 1975 grill

Scandinavian Airlines 1975 fruit

Scandinavian Airlines 1975 fruit

Scandinavian Airlines 1955

Scandinavian Airlines 1955

Scandinavian Airlines 1975

Scandinavian Airlines 1975

Scandinavian Airlines 1985

Scandinavian Airlines 1985

Scandinavian Airlines 1950

Scandinavian Airlines 1950

Scandinavian Airlines1955

Scandinavian Airlines1955

Scandinavian Airlines 1965

Scandinavian Airlines 1965

c. 1965 First class meal service aboard a DC-8.

1965 First class meal service aboard a DC-8.

Scandinavian Airlines 1975

Scandinavian Airlines 1975

Scandinavian Airlines vintage meals 1970s

Via: SAS Musset

  • Haga Akane

    Can’t recall seeing so many suits, ties, skirts and dresses on an airplane flight!

    • Queef McGee

      Wow, comprehensive comment there. Deep thinker aren’t you

      • Moe Sizlak

        #QueermoMcTrollee

      • Chief Wiggums

        Did he invade your safe space, Queermo?

  • NGO

    Was there some sort of mandated policy that stated that all food prepared for the purposes of advertising must be left alone for a minimum of six days before being captured on film? I’m looking at you, picture No. 8!