Dr. Charles Quarles maintains one of the largest privately-owned collections of airline memorabilia in the country. The collection encompasses literally thousands of different types of items including airline histories, books, manuals, slides, photographs, advertising items, timetables, brochures, lithographs, aircraft parts, display model airliners, and many, many other items. The largest section and Charles' primary interest is the Flight Crew Uniform Insignia. There are now over 10,000 Pilot and Steward/ess-Flight Attendant Wings and Hat Emblems dating from the 1920's to the Present. There are also over 200 complete uniforms, primarily Stewardess, dating from the 1930's through the 1980's. Forty-three of the uniforms are displayed at any one time on vintage mannequins. The insignia and uniforms are thus one of the most significant such assemblages of their kind in existence. The collection is truly a time warp into the "Golden Age" of the airlines and dedicated to preserving this great period of airline history. The collection has appeared in print media including "Collectables Illustrated" magazine and the January 2000 edition of "Airways" magazine and has been videographed by Susan Spencer /CBS News "48 Hours" and CNN. Charles welcomes inquiries regarding the collection; please feel free to contact him by mail or email. Please follow the links below to view a small portion of the collection.
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