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Jean Marie (Granfield) Lyons Northeast Airlines Flight Attendant Collection

 Collection — Box: One
Identifier: 2008-08-27
The Jean Marie (Granfield) Lyons Northeast Airlines Flight Attendant Collection is comprised of primarily textual materials and a small amount of photographs collected by Lyons during her 1951-1953 flight attendant career with Northeast Airlines.

There are ten (10) photographs and nine (9) negatives. The photographs range in size from 3x5" to 8x10 and are mostly black-and-white. Two images have been colorized. Lyons is featured in most of the images, which are a mix of portraits and snapshots. Northeast Airlines aircraft [mostly obscured] and personnel are also depicted, including Captain Dick [Dwyer?] and [illegible] Dick [Kennelly?].

Textual materials include four (4) logbooks for Lyons, which detail flights, times, weekly hours, and her expenses from June 1, 1951 through December 31, 1952; Northeast Airlines ephemera, such as decals, passes, comment cards, and the sheet music for "Song of the Yankee Fleet" [Northeast Airlines by-line]; business records, such as pay stubs, inter-office correspondence, 1951 annual report, stewardess labor agreement; potential transfer details, newsletters, training acceptance, and suggestions from Lyons to Northeast Airlines; Aero Club of America reservation card, guest list, and program, 1952; assorted newspaper clippings with topics related to Northeast Airlines and/or Lyons; two (2) satirical Christmas poems tailored for aviation; and a “Michael D. Petrosky” business card attached to picture of the Groton Airport in Groton, Connecticut.


  • 1951-1953


Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research but has not been fully processed. Access to the collection may be limited or may require additional processing time. For more information contact us.

Conditions Governing Use

The Museum of Flight (TMOF) Archives is the owner of the physical materials in the archives and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from TMOF archives before any publication use. TMOF does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.


.25 Cubic Feet (1 half-width legal size document box)

Biographical Note: Jean Marie (Granfield) Lyons

Jean Marie (Granfield) Lyons was born in Groton, Connecticut in 1932. After graduating from high school in 1950, Granfield was working for Col. Michael D. Petrosky of the Groton Flying Service at the Groton airport as his secretary when he took her for a ride in an airplane. That is when Granfield decided that she would like to be a stewardess.

Granfield applied to work for Northeast Airlines stationed out of Boston in 1951 and was hired. Her training took place in Boston. On her first flight, she flew to Montreal. Northeast Airlines flew DC-3’s at the time and their routes took her to stops throughout New England. She worked for the airline until 1953 when she was married and moved to the Seattle area to be with her husband, Herb Lyons, who was in the Coast Guard.


Biography provided by donor.

Separated Materials

The following material has been separated from the archival component and is kept in Objects storage:

  • Northeast Airlines uniform with cap and pins, blouse [blouse may not be original]
  • (2) clear Plexiglas luggage crew tags
  • Gold bracelet with medallion “Miss New England Aviation 1952, First Princess”

Processing Information

This collection has not been fully processed.


Guide to the Jean Marie (Granfield) Lyons Northeast Airlines Flight Attendant Collection
Completed - Level 1
J. Parent
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
1st edition

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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