“Pilot Wm. C. Hopson, U.S. Mail Service Winter Flying Clothing”

By an unknown photographer, Omaha, Nebraska, ca. 1926

Airplane pilots were celebrities in the 1920s. This mail service pilot posed in an outfit that not only emphasized his suit’s advantages for open cockpit flying and his status as a risk-taking adventurer, but that underscored his masculine good looks.

National Archives, Records of the Post Office Department (28-MS-6E-1)