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American Airlines Flight Attendants, 1967.
Against a white backdrop, a pair of American Airlines air stewardesses help each other into their uniforms, September 1967. The photo was taken as part of a billboard ad campaign for the airline. Photo by Susan Wood

S&W M1917 revolver

Designed as the Second model Hand Ejector, upgraded c.1917 to supply the US expeditionary force with standardized .45ACP guns during WW1.
.45ACP six-round cylinder, reloaded using two half-moon three-round clips, swing out double action.

Seen here with a neat ammo pouch and a cartridge box.
Not a Colt M1917, always second guess what you read on the internet.

Jazz Aesthetic ; requested by anon

“The whole world loves American movies, blue jeans, jazz and rock and roll. It is probably a better way to get to know our country than by what politicians or airline commercials represent.” - Billy Joel


Moore 1860 patent revolver

Manufactured c.1861-1863 for the American civil war - serial number 82.
.32RF 7-round cylinder, single action, swing-out cylinder with loading gate.

The Moore revolver, one of the finest handguns of its days, made use of a small tab to get the cylinder to swing out of its axis, just enough for the small loading port to line up with the chambers. This was a pretty damn good design, but unfortunately it made the grave mistake of infringing on Rollin White’s famed patent on progress bored-through cylinder and thus had to be discontinued.