Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Entebbe Uganda

This picture is from 1936, and it shows passengers loading onto a plane near Entebbe, Uganda on their way to Kenya. What an elegant trip this must have been at the time. Look how nicely everyone is dressed. It must have been a wonderful adventure to be able to see this part of Africa in the early 1900's. 


  1. The first time I flew, I got all dressed up. The *last* time I flew, I was the only person on the plane not wearing jeans. What happened to us?

    1. That has been a remarkable change, hasn't it.

      Spending a lot of time in airports, I'm always amazed by the variety of dress I see there.

  2. I just took a flight in a Ford Trimotor, and blogged about it. One thing I thought, in doing that, was "am I really going to get on such an old airplane?" But I did, and of course without incident.

    But in looking at planes like this, it always strikes me that people either had to have a lot of guts, or a lot of faith in the technology of their day. But perhaps that describes all people in any era.

  3. Strange plane. I remember my first airplane flight, in 1959 between Seattle and Vancouver, BC. My dad, who worked for a truck company, wanted his kids to see a variety of transportation types. He'd been working in Vancouver for several weeks, and when spring break came, the family came to visit him on the train. We flew home, on one of the last prop planes. Real jets were available, but he wanted us to experience prop jets before they were gone.

    As for the dress, it's varied here, too. More are dressed formally than would be the case today, for sure. But the woman on the far left is dressed in jodhpurs,as if her horses will be waiting at the airport. Two African men at the base of the ramp are in shorts and fezes--perhaps uniforms of the airline? Most of the women are in light summer dresses, summer hats, low heels, and no doubt silk stockings, carrying purses and no carry-on luggage. I've flown a lot but remain a white-knuckle flyer, especially at takeoff and landing. I love looking down from the air, though, especially from a small plane.


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