Review: Madame Alexander Pan Am Stewardess Doll
By Beverly Lanzilla
I had previously spoken to Mr. Steven Traut of the Alexander Doll Co. regarding the same Pan AM doll I had on order (which is limited to 150 dolls worldwide) for my own personal collection. As I was already going to submit an article to “Clipped Wings” (an organization for active and retired flight attendants of United Airlines). I flew for United Airlines for over 25 years and retired to enjoy the hard earned benefits I had worked for, especially international travel.
I first laid eyes on the Pan Am doll when I was reading through the Md. Alexander Doll Co. 2012 catalog, and I had to add her ( 16” Pan Am Stewardess) to my airline collection.
These young ladies lucky enough to be chosen, trained and based domestically and internationally , had always left me in awe while I was traveling as a young lady. These young women were in the vanguard of feminism without even knowing it. I was a service brat (Army) and my father chose Pan American airlines for the safety and professional cabin crews to fly our family when he was reassigned to another part of the US or internationally. Pan Am stewardesses were the “Mile-high” ladies. So sophisticated , adventurous and glamorous. Their jobs were the international jet sets most potent symbols and true “sky goddesses” of the air during the 50’s and 60’s. Their lives and exploits were used especially to entice travelers , and during their tenure international travel increased by 25% every year! Md. Alexander Co. Stewardess doll helps tell the story of the “lipstick feminists” in their design of the 16” doll.
In my review of the prototype Pan Am stewardess doll, I have given her a name most flight attendants today will know and recognize. Her name is Mary Mainliner. This name brings a smile and laugh to most present day flight attendants. So close your eyes and journey back with me to a smart, single and beautiful Pan Am. Stewardess during the 50’s and 60’s. Some young ladies were nurses, conversant in different foreign languages and customs from around the globe. Tall, slender (weight checks) blonde, brunette or redhead, representing their airline with the ease and elegance of a model or movie star.
In this, Md. Alexander has captured the regal age of being a stewardess. Glamour, subtle sexiness was reflected in the uniform and fashions of the period. Md. Alexander’s “Mary Mainliner” is out fitted in pale Pan Am blue color for the uniform ensemble. In addition , the uniform includes a complete set of the famous white gloves (some of us at other airlines remember the dreaded gloves) that were always to be worn in public view. Since the white gloves soiled easily, stewardesses usually had to carry 10 to 20 pairs, depending on one’s flight destinations and how long one would be away from their home domiciles. A Chanel type blue pill box hat in pale blue was also part of the uniform to always be worn in public view and to be worn at a tilt to show off the gold-tone Pan Am wings and world globe emblem sewn into the hat. The uniform also consisted of a white blouse, blue single breasted black button jacket, a blue skirt hemmed below the knee, flesh toned nylon stockings and black medium high (always shined) pumps to complete the uniform. And of course gold emblem world styled wings to be worn near the collar as well as the famous Pan Am Pale blue issued f;ight bag (with matching suitcase). The possession of a Pan Am crew bag was a fashion statement implying exotic foreign travel by it’s owner.
Few people were aware of the stewardesses were to have a “girdle check” before each flight , regardless or not if you needed to wear one . Very strict weight rules were enforced to ensure the uniform always looked correct.
As I removed “Mary Mainliner” from her box , extra details pf her hairstyle (always very conservative), hand painted eyes and applied eyelashes. The Pan Am doll is approximately 16” tall and is limited worldwide to 150 dolls. The stewardess doll has 17 points of articulation and features a quick change of shoes from high heels to flats worn in flight. Also included is a specially designed doll stand for “Mary Mainliner”, I can find no fault with this very beautiful doll and Md. Alexander should be proud of this creation.
So journey back to the golden age of flight with this Md. Alexander limited edition doll and add “Mary Mainliner” to your doll collection! A window box cover is also included to protect your doll and future investment!
Also included in this 2012 collection is a 10” Pan Am stewardess limited to 200 dolls world wide. The 10” doll is #65145 and the 16” doll is #65140. Please find out pricing, shipping, etc. by going to:h