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Mary Ann Odenthal United Airlines Flight Attendant Collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 2007-02-15
The Mary Ann Odenthal United Airlines Flight Attendant Collection is comprised of a small amount of textual materials and six color photographs. The material was collected by Odenthal during her service as a Horizon Air flight attendant (1988-1991) and United Airlines (UAL) flight attendant (1991-2006).

The photographs range in size from 4x5 to 8x10 inches and are a mix of candid snapshots and publicity shots. Three feature airliners, including one from Horizon Air. The remaining three prints depict United Airlines personnel, including Odenthal. The photographs do not include any captions or identifying information, such as names, dates, or locations.

Additional materials include Odenthal's 1992 UAL identity badge (with photo); assorted UAL ephemera, such as luggage tags, decals, ticket envelope, and two copies of the booklet, Terms of Flying, which is a small language reference guide for flight terms in English, French, Spanish, Portugese, Italian, Dutch, and German. There are also three (3) booklets pertaining to UAL uniforms, including "Series 30-5 Flight Attendant Uniform Regulations," 2002; "Look to the Future: Corporate Apparel Collection by Brookhurst, Inc.," circa 2001; and "Choice - A Point System Tailored for You: Corporate Apparel Collection by Brookhurst," circa 1995. There is a small amount of correspondence, primarily relating to passing on complimentary comments made about Odenthal's service. Other materials include clippings related to the flight industry, particularly related to flight attendants and safety; a small amount of Horizon Air ephemera, such as safety cards; promotional materials from the 9/11 Memorial; and correspondence and notes related to the Association of Flight Attendants.


  • 1990s - 2002


Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection has not been fully processed but is open for research and is accessible in the Dahlberg Research Center by appointment. 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.


0.4 Cubic Feet (1 full-width letter size document box)

Biographical Note: Mary Ann Odenthal

Mary Ann Odenthal was a flight attendant for Horizon Air from 1988-1991 and for United Airlines from 1991-2006.


Biography derived from collection materials.

Separated Materials

This collection has a large amount of material which has been separated from the archival component and is kept in Objects storage, including Horizon Air and United Airlines uniforms and uniform accessories, pins, and suitcases. For more information contact us.


Guide to the Mary Ann Odenthal United Airlines Flight Attendant Collection
Completed - Level 1
2019, 2023
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
2nd edition

Revision Statements

  • 2023 August: Updated to include materials received as addendum.

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

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Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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