The golden era of plane food
If you’ve ever been disappointed by the beige looking gloop presented to you as a meal on a long-haul flight then you may wish you were transported back half a century to the golden age of fine dining – on a plane.
A surreal collection of nostalgic images of plane food taken on board Scandinavian Airlines flights in the 1950s to 1980s depict relaxed-looking guests being served caviar, lobster and whole cream cakes.
As if that wasn’t enough to make modern passengers salivate in disbelief, there are even whole legs of ham being carved up in front of the guests on the nordic carrier.
It was clearly a time before terror in the skies was feared as large knives were brandished in the carving of the ham, the cutting of salami and filleting of a whole salmon.
These were served with generous slices of bread, cut from a whole crusty loaf. Each guests has a small platter of butter nearly curled into balls.
In one of the photographs, a chef wearing his whites and a hat is seen preparing a selection of seafood for contented looking guests. Among the smorgasbord of items is a small tray of caviar, which is set against slice of lemon.
In another scene, a smiling air hostess is seen serving a guest with a porcelain tea cup while the trolley in front of her also offered cream cake and fruit.
Forget having to limit how much alcohol passengers consume, instead guests were offered a large selection of drinks, which included beer, wine and spirits.
Many of the images were taken before the cabin was divided up into economy, business and first class, meaning that everyone was served a lavish meal.
Menus from the era also showed items that look more like those you might find at a Michelin-starred menu.
For example, a hand-written menu that was in use between 1946 and 1948 had items such as consommé and roast chicken.
Another menu from the 1980s for a route between Copenhagen and Bangkok had items such as crepes with mushrooms and bacon and Bavarian cream with rum.
A selection of these images were released to celebrate 70 years of Scandinavian Airlines.