With Amelia Earhart and Anne Morrow Lindberg hogging all the early aviatrix glory, you might never have heard of the lovely Jean Gardner Batten (“The Garbo of the Skies”). Regarded universally as one of the great international aviators of the 1930s, she was the first person to fly solo from England to New Zealand and back again and held the record for the fastest ocean crossing, flying from Senegal to Brazil in 61 hours. There’s a fab overview of her life (and rather sad death) at the typerwriter blog ozTypewriter (she started out as a typist), with some dazzling pics. This is my favorite, though. What a look. Crisp, sharp lines, great scarf, and that marvelous white linen aviator cap. I’d wear that today.
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