An entertaining if not slightly skewed view of flying during the "golden age" of travel. Fast Company summarises the experience as "dangerous, smoky, boozy, boring, expensive, and racist."

You could smoke on flights and not just cigarettes: pipes and cigars were also encouraged. In fact, the only time people weren't allowed to smoke on airplanes was on the ground, because airlines were afraid that smoking might ignite refueling fumes. 

How did we ever think that was a good idea? 

Fast Company's Article has some great photos portraying a rather idealised view of flying in the golden age. 

Fast Company's Article has some great photos portraying a rather idealised view of flying in the golden age.