|Text on Button||PAN AM JR. CLIPPER CAPT. PAA|
White text of logo inside blue and yellow globe with leaf shield. Blue text with stars and red text on white background. Blue border surrounding button.
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Pan American World Airways, originally founded as Pan American Airways, commonly known as Pan Am, was the largest international air carrier and unofficial flag carrier of the U.S. from 1927. It served as one of the main air carriers in the U.S. during the Golden Age of Aviation, a time where breakthroughs in aviation revolutionized the way people fly. During this time, airline jobs, such as pilots and flight attendants, were highly admired by many, including children, and were in high demand. In order to capitalize on this demand, collector’s items such as non-airline issued Junior Wings were made which included novelty junior wings to be sold in gift shops, toy stores, or as prizes found in cereal boxes. Collector’s buttons, which were identical in size, featured the logo of 11 different U.S. airlines including Pan Am and 1 Canadian airline, were among the many novelty items sold in gift or toy shops in the 1950's.
Kranz, L. (2020, April 21). Junior wings – non-airline issued gift shop, toy, and novelty wings. The World Airline Historical Society Online. http://wahsonline.com/junior-wings-non-airline-issued-gift-shop-toy-nov…;