Collecting Aviation and Airline Memorabilia

February 10th, 2009

Chris Sloan talks about collecting airline memorabilia, including models, timetables, silverware, brochures and more, from airlines such as TWA, Braniff, Eastern and Pan Am. Chris can be contacted via his website,, which is a member of our Hall of Fame.

Pan Am Martin M-130 China Clipper postcard

I’ve got one of the largest private collections of airline memorabilia in the world. Many people who’ve seen it say that there’s enough to create a museum. I have everything – silverware, models, thousands of maps, timetables, and brochures.  Some of the stuff is really rare and exotic and you can’t find it on eBay.

I built my website about five or six years ago. I had seen all those great collector websites and the effort people put in to share what they had and I just wanted to make a contribution. I just want to share my collection. We’re the only website that has what we have. Nobody else does virtual airport tours. Nobody else has the extensive collection of the brochures and the history in one place. Ninety-five percent of what’s on that site is mine. I call it the webseum. One day I want to have a real museum, so I figured that this would be a virtual web museum.

I’ve been collecting since 1994. I love it. It’s very expensive and time-consuming because you have to go through it all. You have to do stuff in the middle of the night. Even the site is really expensive to build and run. I update it constantly. It gets 100,000 visitors a month, so I do as much as I can, but it’s very hard. People complain when it’s not updated, and I’m just like, “Hey, man, it’s free. I’m doing this as a labor of love.”

“People really gravitate toward Pan Am memorabilia.”

We get a lot of people who are not even in the airline industry visiting the site. People whose family worked in it or who are interested in nostalgia or the graphic design. The airline industry represents the golden age of air travel: the ‘50s and ‘60s and ‘70s. The optimism, the luxury, and this kind of “anything is possible” feel. People like looking back at this stuff from an anthropological point of view, it’s not just the airline geeks like myself. There was a lot of panache and style in the industry, and I think that’s what’s interesting about it.

There are airline photo sites (there’s a huge one called, and there’s a site that does timetables and a site that does safety cards, but my site is more all-encompassing and exhaustive. I want to make sure that everything is scanned really big. You can literally look closely at the detail. I wanted to have an all-encompassing airline Web museum, where you could go to the site and tour the entire history, not just the narrow little part of it.

Collectors Weekly: You focus on commercial airlines. Are there other genres of aviation collecting?

1962 Cicago O'Hare postcard

Sloan: There are military aviation collectors, but I have no interest in that. The memorabilia is harder to find because it’s government. I tried to collect from all the airlines because I wanted to be really comprehensive. The airlines that people like to see the most are Pan Am, Braniff, and Eastern. People, especially ex-employees, like seeing stuff of defunct airlines, like TWA. I’d say Pan Am is the ultimate collector’s airline because it really was the trendsetter for the first half of the history of the entire industry. People really gravitate toward Pan Am memorabilia.

Braniff Airlines had a lot of style and panache. There’s actually a website dedicated to just Braniff collectors because of the design and the aesthetic. There are even stores in Japan called Braniff boutiques that remanufacture Braniff memorabilia.

Braniff was the first airline that brought real panache to travel. They had Pucci designed uniforms, the planes were designed by Alexander Girard, and they had Alexander Calder paint the aircraft. They had a fashion show in the aisles. It was very sophisticated for the day, so people have a lot of fondness for it. It’s called the Flying Colors. Every plane would have a different color: green would be the pickle plane, and there’d be yellow and orange, but very sophisticated with leather seating.

Collectors Weekly: Do people collect from the manufacturers?

Sloan: Yes, but that stuff is hard to get. I spent $300 for an original brochure for the Boeing version of the Concorde. The plane was never built, but the brochure literally comes in a little box. When they’re trying to sell a $330 million aircraft for the single plane, they have elaborate sales merchandise. I’ve got one that was actually a leather book presented to try to sell an airplane.

Collectors Weekly: What other kinds of memorabilia do people collect?

Sloan: People collect safety cards, timetables, silverware, flatware, models, etc. I have a desk made out of an airplane wing; the very first actually, the L-1011, which was the big airliner made in Burbank. They started flying in the early 1970s. It’s still considered one of the most technologically advanced airliners that has ever been built.

Collectors Weekly: What was the earliest airline?

Sloan: There are all sorts of debates about that, but the first scheduled flight in the world was called the Benoit and it had 10 passengers. It flew across Tampa Bay, Florida. The longest lasting airline in the world that’s still flying is KLM of the Netherlands, which started flying in 1919. It’s the longest fully operating airline in the world. Memorabilia from these early airlines is hard to find. The oldest original items that I have go back to the early ‘30s.

1936 Eastern timetable insert

1936 Eastern timetable insert

The bulk of my collection is from the 1950s through the ‘80s. The industry cut costs over the years, so they don’t really give out stuff anymore. I also have a collection of souvenirs. KLM gives you these little liquor glasses that look like little houses, and Virgin Atlantic gives you little wind-up salt and pepper shakers with “Stolen from Virgin Atlantic” on the feet.

Airlines used to give away these amazing “Welcome Aboard” kits, even in coach. Southwest is the only airline in America that still publishes a schedule timetable on paper because it’s on the Web. It changes so often that there’s very little of the stuff left to collect.

When you’d fly on Pan Am or Braniff, they’d give you these deck cards that would have foreign language translations and all these wonderful pieces of memorabilia. Whether you’re on the plane or not, they don’t really give you much anymore, and certainly the PR departments don’t do much anymore. My collection in photographs is very current because I have all these unique pictures of the airport, but the actual physical paper and brochures and nostalgia I try to keep as current as I can.

In 2000, the Web took over, then the recession of 2001 happened, and then 9/11, so everybody just stopped. It’s interesting. You’ve got a collectible world where the collectibles don’t exist anymore. You can still go and get a brochure for Chevrolet, but Delta Airlines published its last timetable in 2004 and that was really the last one from a major airline.

Collectors Weekly: Is there still a lot out there from the earlier airlines?

Sloan: There’s always a lot. There are about 10 to 12 shows around the country. There’s one in L.A. and one in San Francisco every year. L.A. actually has two and you can buy collectibles there. Then there’s the Big Airliners International, which is once a year and you can get collectibles there.

Often people acquired airline memorabilia if they worked for the airline. When the airline went out of business, it went to the bankruptcy trustees along with the corporate memorabilia and they got it. The corporate Pan Am archives are located in Miami, and they have two warehouses full of stuff that’s in storage. When these airlines went out of business, other people tried to buy it off the trustees. It’s crazy.

Collectors Weekly: So what are some of the more obscure items you’ve come across while collecting aviation memorabilia?

Sloan: I have a model of a Concorde which is a 5 or 6 feet long cutaway. The most valued thing in our collectible world is a cutaway. It’s a model where you can actually see inside. They’re worth thousands and thousands of dollars. I’ve turned down $20,000 for this thing. It’s made out of glass and it lights up and you can actually see the seats. I’ve also got a DT10 model that’s about 5 feet long.

To my knowledge, the Concorde is the only one in the world. It was hand-built for the factory, but there are three of the DT10s. The Boeing SST brochure from the 1960s that I mentioned was never built and comes in a wood box and is incredibly rare and obscure. I have the actual lounge brochures for the 747 and the 727, which are beautiful pieces of work. I think the early 1930s airline timetables are also pretty rare, and I have the first brochure for the 707 jet airliner.

Collectors Weekly: Tell us a little bit about the model planes.

1950s Pan Am Strat cut away ad

Sloan: They were commissioned by the manufacturers. You don’t see many of those anymore either, particularly cutaway models. I don’t think they build them anymore. In the old days, before they had the Internet and before credit cards were in vogue, you used to physically go to the airport or an airline ticket office and buy your ticket, and they had these amazing models made of glass. They weren’t common, but I remember seeing one when I was 7 or 8 years old and I was totally blown away by it. The airlines would build these things and give them to the travel agencies.

You did see big models by the manufacturers. The airlines didn’t really commission that many themselves. If you go to my website and you click “model collection,” you’ll see cutaways where you can see every seat and a flight attendant. A lot of people collect them around the world. They’re the Holy Grail. I bought the DT10 for $7,000 eight years ago and had it restored, and when people see this thing, it’s just “Wow.”

I think there’s still a golden age of travel if you’re flying first class on an A380 or on a big flight on some airlines. There’s the ultra high end, but barring that, the class and style just doesn’t exist like it used to. It really doesn’t. They don’t spend the money on the promotional items when they’re just trying to stay afloat.

The other thing is that there just aren’t as many airlines, there’s been so much consolidation. If you look at the history of Delta, for example, how many airlines has it swallowed up? Northwest and Western, which swallowed up Pacific Northern, which swallowed up Northeastern. If you look at Delta Airlines now, it’s made up of Northwest and Delta. Northwest is made up of Republic, which was made up of Air West, North Central, and Southern, which was made up of Bonanza and Pacific North and Air West. Then on the Delta side, Delta is made up of Western and Northeast, so 10 airlines merged into one.

Collectors Weekly: Are there aviation collectors all over the world?

Delta Airlines timestable December 1, 1945

Sloan: It’s pretty popular in the U.S. but it’s more popular in England, Germany, and Italy. Europe is definitely more into it than America. It’s not mainstream like collecting comic books or baseball cards;. I know very few collectors personally that live in my hometown. L.A. is probably the mecca in the U.S. because there was so much aviation manufacturing there. Two hundred people might show up at the L.A shows, and that’s a pretty good number. Airline International may have 1,000 people show up from around the country.

Part of the joy is meeting really interesting people, and it’s a journey. It’s a quest. Can you find something really rare? Believe me, there are people much more hardcore than I am. I have a big collection, but there are people that collect airplane cards and only airplane cards or swizzle sticks or silverware and their knowledge on this stuff and their collections are crazy. I’m more of a generalist because I like the whole industry. I collect because I’m interested in it.

Most collectors are a little more focused. There’s a thing called the World Airline Historical Society, and every month there’s an article on playing cards or timetables. People tend to focus on very specific types of items, like safety cards. There are huge collectors of that. There are people who like plates or signage. People who collect flight attendant uniforms, and a ton of photographers who collect photos and postcards.

Collectors Weekly: What kind of airline signage do people collect?

1936 TWA ad

Sloan: When Northwest goes out of business, people go to the ticket counters and rip the signs down. If you go to my website, you can see an entire restaurant that was turned into an airline collection. It went out of business about five years ago, but I took pictures of their place. It was called the Spirit Restaurant, and it was somebody’s personal collection. These people bought a huge chunk of Eastern Airlines collectibles when it went out. They got awards, plaques, stuff from the boardroom, luggage tags, models, you name it, and they built this entire restaurant out of their collection. It’s amazing. The whole collection is for sale now actually.

There’s only one airline that really has an amazing collection of memorabilia, and that’s American Airlines. They have a museum called the C.R. Smith Museum in Dallas. Delta has a smaller one that’s not really open to the public called Delta Heritage, and they actually have airplanes. Then there’s a museum at LAX called Flight Path. There’s really only three museums that I can think of in the world that are really dedicated to commercial aviation and only one, which is Flight Path, that’s really about multiple airlines.

Collectors Weekly: Where do you keep your collection?

Sloan: All over the place. Some of it’s in storage, some at my house, and I keep some in my office. I keep the most valuable stuff in storage in a really secure and fireproof type of situation. All the brochures are kept in secure airtight containers in a vault. I had a nice chunk of my collection stolen about seven years ago, so I’m very wary about keeping it.

(All images in this article courtesy Chris Sloan of

76 comments so far

  1. Felix Guerrera Says:

    My wife was cleaning out our storage closet a few weeks back and came across a certificate of shares of Eastern Airlines. Would you have any idea if they would have any value to a collector of memorabilia.

  2. Al Says:

    Air West (1968 – 1970) was made up of the following airlines:

    1. Bonanza Air Lines
    2. West Coast Airlines
    3. Pacific Air Lines

    Howard Hughes and Northwest Orient Airlines were in negotiations in December of 1970 to buy Air West. Howard Hughes and the Summa Corporation won the right to buy Air West and thus becoming Hughes Airwest [1970 – 1980] (d/b/a Hughes Air Corporation).

    On July 1, 1979, Republic Airlines was formed with the merger of North Central Airlines and Southern Airways. Republic Airlines acquired Hughes Airwest (d/b/a Hughes Air Corporation, owned by the Summa Corporation, Las Vegas, NV) and the merger was effective October 1, 1980. Under the merger with Republic Airlines, Hughes Airwest (d/b/a Hughes Air Corporation) became Republic Airlines West, Inc. up until the consolidated subsidiary was absorbed by Republic Airlines, December 31, 1984. Aircraft in Republic’s fleet never wore Republic West titles as all aircraft were painted in the Republic Airlines scheme. It wouldn’t matter as Northwest Orient Airlines acquired Republic Airlines on April 1, 1986 and the combined airlines flew as one effective October 1, 1986 as Northwest Airlines (“Orient” was dropped).

  3. John D'Andrea Says:

    I have a elgin wall clock from the EWR old terminal , It was removed in the early 60’s and I do not know when it was made it is lighted with 2 light bulbs inside it . It has a United logo on the face and the paint is faded inside the glass face but it still looks good. the motor does not work but can be replaced , it is 15’in diameter .
    Is there any interest in this item ?
    Thank You……… John D’Andrea

  4. Linda Nilsson Says:

    A relative who flew for Northeast & Alaska back in the late 40’s and early 50’s. Who can I contact regarding memorabilia from that period….

  5. annette gordon Says:

    My dad is a retired NWA pilot and he heard that they were making pins out of pieces of an actual 747 tail. He had the plane #, but I do not remember it. He probably flew that actual 747 as Captain and would be very excited to get one of those pins. With Fathers Day coming up, I thought it would be GREAT if I could find one for him. Let me know if you can point me in the right direction. Thank you.

  6. ian Says:


    Just found among some old stuff I had from my childhood a coin commemorating American Airlines’ inaugural flight of a Boeing 747. It’s in a little black leather-y casing, which I think was the way I received it. Is the coing of any interest to collector’s? Does it have any value? Would appreciate any info you can offer.


  7. Margaret Merrylees Says:

    Hello Chris, I have a T.A.A. small vinyl case which I got on a flight to Tasmaia in 1956. It has an aluminium frame and zipped around. It is not perfect having sat in a shed for some time and a mouse ate a little hole at the back. As a display piece it would be fine. Would there be anybody interested in this small case, 45x25x10cm.? It is navy blue with the T.A.A. emblem and Trans Australia Airlines on the front.

    Thank you, Margaret Merrylees

  8. dorothy auer Says:

    I have several 1st. class menue’s, watercolor prints, done by Dong Kingman from the late 1970’s or no later than 1981. Are they of any value?

  9. Patti Says:

    I have a series of water color maps of each continent – they are about 8″ x 10″ in size. Printed on the back they say something like “Pan American World Airways.” Someone once told me they are lithographs, but I’m not sure. My dad worked for Pan Am for over 35 years and he received them at some point. Anyone have any idea what they are and whether they are worth anything?

  10. diane munz Says:

    My mother kept various souveniors and I came across a pair of plastic chopsticks in its plastic case from Northwest Orient and was wondering if it was of any value to a collector?

  11. Kermit Lisle Says:

    In the early 1970’s I was in the Army. I flew Hughes Air West. On the flight I purchased a 3fl oz bottle of Isabrel Rose wine expressly bottled for Hughes Air West. I still have it in the unopened state. Is there a market for this kind of memorabilia?

  12. marie hasinecz Says:

    My daughter worked for eastern airlines til it closed,AVP (wilkes-barre/scranton, Pa.)a few yrs ago i cleaned out house & discarded uniform, she is very angry & wont let me forget it.Is there any way I can buy an Eastern womens blazer, sz 10 or 12,the latest one for a ticket agent with one button in front, & gold stripes on cuffs? m.h.

  13. claudia parker Says:

    my mother worked for braniff, out of dallas, back in the late 40’s and early 50’s. i have her employee pins. could you tell me about their value? she would travel with the braniff’s on smaller planes all over and said they were very nice people.

  14. Kim Cavner Says:

    I have a knife and fork from Capital Airlines(Where my father had worked)
    You are welcome to them free of charge.I would rather see them with a collector,then in a pawn shop!
    Just send me a mailing address.
    Kim A Cavner

  15. Cindy Shudy Says:

    I have a complete Eastern Airline flight attendant uniform form the 80’s. I have the uniform ,the rain coat, the top coat, suitecase, purse, flightbook,garmet bag, scarf, pin, parking lot tag pass. I wanted to know if there was a interest out there of people buying these types of items. I was also considering contacting the air and space museum in D.C. Any information would be appreciated.


  16. Cheryl Says:

    I have many many items from the SS Concorde Air France that I would like to sell.

    Also, the old TransAmerica Airline

    AND the former airline called AmericaWest.

    Where do I go to sell these items?

    My husband was a Captain and has passed away and I have no idea how to proceed to sell these things.

  17. marie hasinecz Says:

    To Cindy Shudy, i would be very interested in buying this Eastern uniform from you for a replacement of my daughters that i discarded. let me knowl. i can give you my address or phone no. thanks. please let me know. thanks.

  18. Walt Bates Says:

    I am retired UAL and am investigating a 1959 fatal light plane accident for the benefit of the two survivors of the crash (it was their parents who died). The accident flight crashed shortly after a North Central Airlines arrival in poor weather. I seek a copy of NCA’s timetable that would show what flight that was that preceeded the accident and from where it departed. The date was August 21, 1959 (a Friday) and the NCA landing and the subsequent crash were at Land O’ Lakes, WI. The crash occured at 8:28 pm.

  19. S Says:

    I’d probably be interested in the America West items. You can contact me at


  20. jeff Says:

    I picked up two American Airways collectables. A sheepskin lined flight helmet and goggles with STAN STELLE AMERICAN AIRWAYS, SO. DIV. BURBANK CAL. MARKED ON THE STRAP and a tan uniform flight cap (visor cap)with an AA patch on the front made by Desmonds, Los Angeles and Jim Bishop written on the inside cover. Any idea how I can find out who these men were? Is there any value in the items? Thanks,

  21. Robert A Says:

    Hi we came across a book that was Tom Towle when he went to Yale. Inside the book is a drawing of a 3 engine plane that looks like he did. This is a part of history and we are not sure the value of the book or where to go from here..Any suggestions..Thanks you Rob

  22. Matt Says:


    Long story, but have an original AA decal(sticker) from the 1930’s. Was told the only other one known to exist was in the smithsonian. Any credence to the story? It has the eagle< and two lightning bolts, with the usual air, mail, etc. around the edge.

  23. Pattie Wilson Says:

    In reference to TransAmerica Airlines, what were the items?

  24. Pete Schramm Says:

    I have a 50th November 22, 1985,anniversary PAA mug. It has a pic of the old clipper flying boat and on the bottom it says PAA Limited edition 207.

  25. don mancini Says:

    i have what i believe to be a complete pan am stewerdess uniform with a couple of wings how do i date it and find its value

  26. Mary Says:

    I have a vintage TWA model replica airplane made of metal on a base- N86506-
    How would I go about dating this and finding the value- thanks very much-

  27. Evelyn Swain Says:

    I have four dainty cups and saucers stamped American Airlines on the bottoms – white with blue line around edges of each. They’re in my cupboard, but maybe someone else would like to have them as they’re not sentinmental for me.They’re in fine condition.

  28. Pat Johnson Says:

    Hi Fvelyn Swain, I would be interesed in the four cups and saucers from American Airlines if the price is right. Please e-mail me if they are still available.
    Thank you, Pat Johnson

  29. Rita Kannel Petty Says:

    This is all very interesing to me as I only worked for Capital Airlines for 4 years before joining the USAF in 1955. I still have my original airline uniform and believe it or not can get in it after over 50 yiears. I miss it but have kept in touch with friends I worked with who are still living. It was all a big happy family then. The Air Force was great also and I met my husband and have traveled in every state but Alaska. Because of his first tour in the Navy in the Phillipines he transferred to the AF and we were goth assigned to the same base in Oct of 1955. All three of our sons took the AF route and now our Granddaughter is in Hickham AFB in HA where we spent seven and one half years. No regrets.

  30. Jim Bruns Says:

    Hi, I’m retired after working for Pacific Northern Airlines, Western
    Airlines, and finally Delta Airlines. I have a lot of Western, some Delta,
    and a couple of PNA pins and memorabelia.
    I also have(I believe lithographed) pictures of Pan Am’s fleet. About
    12 in all. I’m trying to get rid of these things, preferably to a
    collector. You can contact at

  31. John Says:

    I have a 50 years service coin from United. It says SFMC 1948-1998 San Francisco Maint. Center. Is this a collectable or not?

  32. Larry G Says:

    I just purchased 2 aluminum TWA liquor boxes & I am trying to get some information on them.

  33. steve maycock Says:

    After working for klm for 29 years i have all sorts of memorabilia –Aircraft postcards/50th Anniv staff medalion(wings across the ocean)–parker pen and pencil set(with engraved presentation box) operations licence Dc9/B737/A300/Dc8/and Merchantman (old vangaurd)operated by airbridge carriers for klm and other bits and bobs that i cant even think about
    Any value????

  34. John Weber Says:

    I am a former Northwest pilot, now Delta after a merger. I am in search of high quality nostalgic airline travel posters. Preferably Northwest Orient, but I am searching for TWA, Eastern, and Pan Am as well. Any thoughts as to where to purchase? I have been searching online of course, but all seem so small.

  35. Carol Frankton-Hannah Says:

    Do you have a Newspaper copy of the Air France Concorde Wedding that was held on the Concorde 15 July 1986 in Vancouver British Columbia Canada.? I have an extra Newspaper clipping of the event, if you want to add it to your collection. I wasn’t sure if you collected that sort of thing .. I do have photo’s of the event.. I’ll have to do a house search to find them.. if your interested.

    Nova Scotia Canada


    I have a Topping Model of a Republic F-105 Thunderchief-USAF-40105
    My husbands grangfather designed the landing gear ,I was just wanting a little info. on it and maybe a value,it’s in great shape,any info would be helpful.Thank you. JENNIFER McKinley

  37. Bob Lace Says:

    I have a 1968 menu from TWA.
    Is this worth anything?
    This is a menu from the Great Northeast.

  38. Dian Villarreal Says:

    I’m sure you get tons of E-mails and probably can’t answer them all, but I have in my posession a spoon that has been in my family for years. My Dad worked for TWA in the early days and was instrumental in getting the mechanics better pay and better work conditions so he helped organize a union there in San Francisco airport. One of the things he brought home was a spoon with the initials HH Co on it. The H is on one side the CO is in the middle and the other H is on the right side. After years of wondering I thought maybe it was an early Howard Hughes company silverware piece. We’ve had that in the family since the middle to late 40’s. Could anyone tell me if my suspicions are correct and if so, how much is something like that worth?

  39. Christine Mouligne Says:

    My father in law flew for Air France during the 50’s and 60’s out of Orly airport-Paris. My husband was given 8 wall panels each measuring 45″x 55″. They depict a map of the world with the entire route Air France traveled at that time. Each region of the world is brilliantly painted and displays a scene illustrating the culture of the area. The most obvious application would be as a wall mural. The entire width of the 8 panels would cover 30 ft. Any comments regarding this piece of memorabilia would be appreciated.

  40. Virginia Says:

    I have United Airlines flatware set. 12 spoons, 12 forks, 12 knives. The maker is International Silver Co. Do y0u know if this set is sterling silver? It is tarnished and when I polish the flatware it leaves black marks on the cotton cloth. Do you know what this set would be worth?

  41. Lynn Says:

    I was the Director of Inflight for Presidential Airways.
    I am looking for a pair of Flight Attendant Wings.

  42. Terri Green Says:

    I have what looks like a twa the lindbergh line timetable/info poster dated 1934. It mostly has info on the douglas line and reports of an air race. I’d like to know if it is real and if it is of any value?

  43. Ted MacMillan Says:

    I have Northeast Airline drinking glasses, coffee cups and unopened decks of playing cards.
    The glasses are clear with the Yellowbird logo on the bottom of the glass, the cups are white with the Yellowbird logo on the side and the playing cards have the Yellowbird logo on the box and one side of the playing cards.
    What might these items be worth?

  44. Gwen Says:

    I have 14 unopened, announcements of British Airways/Braniff International, that read (This is to certify that the official British Airways/Braniff International covers were flown from London to Dallas-Fort Worth via Washington on the inaugural flight of the Concorde Interchange Service of 12th January 1979.

    Also 8 of the return flight on January 13, 1979.

    Are these of any value? If so, please let me know

  45. J A Spahr Says:

    I have a number of decks of playing cards from the airlines(many which no longer exist- Northeast, Braniff, National TWA etc.) Is there value?

  46. jo ward Says:

    i have a set of united airlines flatware 12 knives, 13forks and 9 spoons. was wondering if they are silverplated they say international silver co on back and united on front. any information would be greatly appreciated

  47. Cap Walt Bates Says:

    I am investigating a 50 year old light plane fatal accident for two survivors whose parents perished in the crash. The circumstances involved a North Central Airlines flight and I wonder if you have their system timetable for August 21, 1959. If so, please advise the times and flight numbers of their two scheduled flights into and out of Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin.

  48. mike Says:

    I have several pieces of sterling silver flatware from TWA.
    I have one sterling silver fork from “Capitol Airlines”
    And one fork marked “Flagship”
    Can you tell me if they are of any value?

  49. Pat Says:

    I have an “Eastern Airlines” spoon with “International Silver Co” on the back. Can anyone tell me if this is silver or silver plated and does it have any value?

  50. tamarie Says:

    i have an old Pan Am ivory pocket knife , does any one know its worth ??

  51. HYATT Says:

    I have Japan Airlines Ticket, a courtesy flight in London when they had a proving flight with a DC8 dated April 7 1961. With ticket wallet. This was issued with this ticket which was a free trip round the south of England for Travel Agents and Press. The ticket is in my name and I flew with agents and JAL staff from their London office.

  52. Jennifer Says:

    I inhereted several different types and styles of TWA stewardess uniforms and am trying to find someone that may know the history and value of these.
    Any info would be greatly appreciated

  53. bob ripley Says:

    My aunt worked for Pan Am at offices in Cocoa Beach, Fl. Her name was Agnes Gamble. I am not sure of the years she worked there but I believe she was with them when Pan Am quit operating. She passed away in 2000. I have found some Pan Am items she had and I would be glad to donate them to someone.

  54. Randy Arneson Says:

    I have a Northwest Orient Airlines, Imperial Service, 1957 Vin Rose, Reserve Speciale (never opened) wine bottle. Shipped by Louis Eschenauer, Bordeaux, shipped by Julius Wile Sons & Co., Inc. New York. There is a number on the neck of the bottle: 584829. It also states that it is a product of France, pink table wine containing 6 fluid oz.

  55. Lonnie bohm Says:

    I have a wooden plaque holding a spark plug says twa 1946- 1967. This spark plug was used on the last official twa piston passenger revenue flight on April 6 1967 . Would appreciate any info

  56. barry Says:

    I have a Delta Airlines medallion from 1947 saying it commemorates the First Hawaiian flight. Its in very nice shape and I’m wondering if it has any collectors value. Thank you very much

  57. mandy Says:

    I have a “Braniff in 1960″ silverware set that’s wrapped up in a cloth the silverware is stainless steel made in italy..I was wondering if it was worth anything and a little bit about it?

  58. Kathy Flora Says:

    I have my fathers captains hat when he flew for TWA. I would like to donate it to a museum or someone who will display it. He died in 1966 at the age of 43. He was a Navy pilot who went to work for TWA in approx. 1953. Please tell me if there is a place for this.

  59. Brian Noonan Says:

    Located old bronze plaque. States Eastern Air Transportation, commemorating the inaugural flight – New York- Atlanta-Miami passenger service December 10, 1930. Shows map two people and a propeller

  60. Lisa Says:

    I’m trying to assemble a shadow box of my father’s service pins from Western Airlines and Delta Airlines. I’m missing one or two and wonder if you can help me as I don’t know the stone “code”.

    Dad transferred in from Western during the buy-out with 25 years already served. The Western pins are easily marked, but not the Delta pins…I have 3 gold pins, all wings; 1 with 1 larger diamond and 2 smaller emeralds, 1 with 1 larger diamond and 2 smaller diamonds and 1 with 2 larger diamonds, (larger and smaller being relative descriptors as the pins are a whopping 7/8ths” long! Lol). I need the missing pin to make a set of years for 30, 35, 40 and 45. I would greatly appreciate any help!


  61. Patti Mondschein Says:

    I have a collection of various aircraft pictures. When my husband was very young (abt 1950?) he would write to the plane manufactures for pictures and they would send them. I have Bell Aircraft, Douglas, Piper, Remnett-Werner, Vest, etc. I am wondering if anyone would be interested in this collection. There must be about 40 pictures. Maybe you could direct me to someone?

    Thank you for your time.

    Patti Mondschein
    Bethlehem, Pa

  62. Dian Villarreal Says:

    Is a silver plated spoon with initials
    HH CO an early Howard Hughes commercial flight spoon?

  63. Jennifer Says:

    I have a commemorative Western Airlines women’s watch from a family friend who worked for the airline. It features Wally Bird and the slogan “The Only Way to Fly” with the dates 1926-1987. Gold stretch band. Is this a very collectible item?

  64. James james Says:

    I have the ultimate memorabilia from pan am when I flew as a child at 9 years old in 1985. I was flying alone unaccompanied, and I drew a picture to pass the time. I drew a pilot and asked the stewardess to give it to the pilot. A couple hours went by and she gave me a cloth napkin with a drawing on it from captain kermit rohe. I wish I could show a Picture. It has a pan am plane in the middle going from San Francisco to London with golden gate and Big Ben as destination. It was done in pen with high lighters. Amazing! Still have it today. It was all personalised and signed. To kermit rohe and or his family, you were an inspiration in my life, and thank you

  65. Barbara McClure Says:

    I have a plastic “wings” pin (gold color) with a Delta logo in red and blue color, name DELTA below with gold raised ring around it. On reverse is a pin to attach to clothing. This was given to me by a Delta Airline Stewardess in 1985. It was a pin they give to children who are flying for the first time. It has a raised imprint on back of gold plastic badge pin:
    (line 1) STOFFEL SEAL (line 2) TUCKAHOE, NY (line 3) PAT. NO. 3 252,223
    I would like to know if there is a value on this collectible, if so, how much, and who should I contact?

  66. Timothy Joseph Iahn Says:

    My uncle was Jr. Pilot on board the famous China Clipper. I have a lot of his memorabilia , most of which survived the crash in 1945. Anyone interested e-mail me.

  67. Melissa Basilio Says:

    I have a TAT/TWA collection that I’m trying to sell. Begins with 2copies of TAT Plane Talk vol.1, No.7 “The Day We Are Properly Ready.” About the first passenger flights,the passenger list, telegrams sent to,christened by Miss Amelia Earhart&20+more items from 30’s-70’s. Spray paint can color TWA RED, Ads,employee newspapers,postcards from every place they travelled to, a monkeysuit circa 1950’s and much much more.pls contact if interested &/or if you can direct me towards an appraiser. Thank you

  68. Melissa Basilio Says:

    The Plane Talk is dated July, 1929

  69. Shelvy Graybill Says:

    I flew as a F/A for Allegheny, which changed its name to USAir in 1979-1980 timeframe. During my 42 year career I collected flat ware, schedules plastic wings, playing cards, cocktail glasses, etc, I am downsizing and would like to get rid of these items. Any help you can give me I would appreciate. I will donate all of it. Thank you. Retired in 2002 from USAirways.

  70. Annaliese Church Says:

    I have 6, approximately 6×6″, small plates with expressively made for Braniff international, with dove under and below dove hall China 00-1, or 05 or 0s-1. I know these where made in about 1955. I have seen a lot of these on the computer but mine have pastel colored different flowers and one has plums. Are these just another run of the mill first class plate? I have looked in many places and cannot find any like mine.
    Thank you so much.

  71. paul robinson Says:

    I have a knife and fork marked flagship. The handles are shaped like a plane . Any info out there?

  72. Sherry Lawson Says:

    I have recently inherited several Braniff airline items including Stewardess uniforms and the material that was used to make the outfits with the designer name on it. I am trying to find a place to sell the items if anyone can point me in the right direction. Thank you

  73. william gray Says:

    I have twenty years worth of airline memorabilia that I cannot find a venue for this includes cloth name of airline that was sewn onto jackets plastic planes that were put together and hand painted with little decals hobby style garment bags complete dish sets that are still in original box never opened plastic still on coffee mugs airline tickets and baggage claims if you have any suggestions on where I could post these items I would appreciate your assistance

  74. Meredith Says:

    I have 3 prints mounted on Hessian frames. One is of All chin Traction Engine 1905, another of UNIX car 1912 and also colour print of Rolls Royce 1926. These were given as gifts from TAA to my late father in appreciation for his then company’s regularly flying TAA. Each print has TAA JET CARGO also mounted under each print. Prints are very old & slightly damaged but intact. Wondering if they have any value & if anyone might be interested? I also have 2 other prints of similar old cars however they are missing the TAA JET CARGO mounted on other 3 I’m very interested to hear from anyone interested and to learn possible value if any to anyone

  75. Richard Cloud Says:

    20 anniversary medallion presented to the ones in flight of pacific coast route of united airlines September 15 ,1946

  76. Walter Says:


    My neighbor just gave me an UNUSED airline ticket from Eastern Air Express, it is intact and never used, It states “Complimentary privilege issued to stockholders of General Aero Corporation of America”. Issued to Mr. Robert G. Nelson stockholder. It is #623, 4 part ticket, marked “Good for one year from date effective Oct 1, 1929. I researched the airline, and round trip flights started from Miami to NY on 9/23/29.

    I know it is early, do people collect things like this, and what value may it have?

    Any info would help!

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