1961 Airfare Ad

OK, the clarity might not be as good but it should be right-side-up this time anyway.

1961 Airline Ad


  1. gorefan
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Those are interesting fairs, what do they come to in 2011 dollars?

  2. gorefan
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Ok, so $80 airfare in 1961 translate into a 2009 airfare of $571 according to spreadsheet from Oregon State.


  3. Mrs. P
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Can you flip the page it is upside down….

  4. patp12
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Permalink | Reply

    It’s still upside down for me. But those seem like old times. I remember when you could fly between Oakland and LA for around $68 one way.

  5. gorefan
    Posted April 20, 2011 at 4:32 am | Permalink | Reply

    I searched on average annual salaries in 1961. For a teacher, the average salary was about $5000/year. The median for the country was $5737/year. Isn’t that amazing, but then again you could fly to California for $80.

  6. kj
    Posted April 20, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Great find,

    I’m sure that there are similar ads in other 1961 newspapers.

    The fares are probably standby, i.e., no guarantee that you can get on a fixed flight.

    • Posted April 20, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Permalink | Reply

      A friend actually found it. I published it here so he can post it in various places when the issue comes up.

      It would tell us a lot if we could see the list of passports issued to Stanley Ann Dunham – which is public information and the Passport Office should have had no problem disclosing that to both Jeff Otherson and Dr Conspiracy. It’s required to be retained permanently on alphabetized microfilm so it should take 5 minutes. Yet those requests have been ignored for over a year.


      And there is a reason for it.

      • kj
        Posted April 20, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

        Have you followed Chris Strunk’s attempts to get the passport information? The records for the relevant time period are claimed to have been destroyed, and there is no authorization for their destruction.

      • Posted April 20, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

        Yes, I have. In fact, on my home page, there’s a section called “The Passport Mess” that has links to some posts I’ve written about that whole fiasco. The end of it all – where Judge Leon said it was a “reasonable search” for them to look in the 1986 and later records for records from 1965 – tempts me to say on our tax return that we earned no income and then get Judge Leon for the judge so I can tell him I did a “reasonable search” of my toilet paper and didn’t find any W-2’s so that’s the best anybody could ever ask of me…

        Probably even more critical at this point than the passport applications are the index cards which list all the passports that have been issued to Obama’s mom. Those index cards are required to be kept permanently, in alphabetical order on microfilm. And for deceased persons those are public. So there is no possible excuse they could give to not release that information. Instead, they have just ignored the requests by both Jeff Otherson and by Dr Conspiracy. A five-minute job; they’ve already spent more time than that just trying to get Jeff to give up. It’s wasteful and unlawful.

        And what do they have to hide? In one fell swoop they could tell us that Obama’s mom didn’t even have a passport in 1961 so she could not have been in a foreign country when she gave birth. But they won’t do that. Why not?

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