Pan Am Children's Items
Pan Am Junior Wings
Junior Flyer or "Kiddie Wings" have been given out by the airlines for many years. Below are 4 examples from Pan Am. The 1950s & 1960s wings were made of a hard metal substance. The 1970s wings were made of hard plastic while the 1980s wings were a plastic coated paper. The 50s-60s-70s wings were attached with a pin while the 1980s wings were "stick on." Also shown below are two sets of Junior Flyer Wings from Pan Am II issued in the 1996 - 1998 time period.
In addition to coloring books during the 1960s and early 1970s Pan Am also carried story books for children. The inventory was changed regularly with the Flintstones being a favorite of this young flyer. Below are two different covers; on the left from the 1960s and on the right from the 1970s.
In the 1970s Pan Am changed it’s children’s offering and adopted Pierre & Penny Panda as children’s mascots. The below fun kits contained all sorts of stories games and other activities for young flyers.
Other Items for Young Flyers
To keep young flyers busy through the years Pan Am offered different coloring books. Below is a sampling. Note on the bottom the Concorde book is both a “stick on” and coloring book. This particular book provided me with hours of activity as a young flyer!
The Virtual Pan Am Museum
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In addition to the Children's Items that Pan Am gave away in-flight the company also licensed its name to toy makers for models and other toys. Below is a miniature airport set produced by Tootsietoy from the 1950s that included a replica of a Pan Am B377 Stratocruiser and a junior pilot wing.
To the right is a 1950s toy model that was made in Japan. Frequently, the propellers were connected to the wheels on these toys causing them to turn as the aircraft was rolled across a surface.
Below a Pan Am ring from a cereal box.
Along with the models some toy manufacturers also provided ground support pieces. To the right is a set of toy stairs from the 1950s.
When jets were introduced in 1958 Tootsietoy updated their model toy kit to include a Pan Am 707.
Some of the toy models became more sophisticated in the 1960s. Below are two examples of helicopters. The lower model actually could fly.
Another popular Pan Am toy from the 1960s was a "duel control" cockpit toy with Pan Am markings to the left of the center red button.
Below are two ground vehicle toys from the 1960s. To the left is a cargo lift and to the right an airport jeep.
A very popular toy from the 1960s was a Barbie Pan Am Stewardess Outfit. Apparently, Barbie collectors will still pay several hundred dollars for the complete uniform in good condition. The Barbie uniform was a fairly accurate representation of the actual Pan Am stewardess uniform of the era.
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