[Shinto ceremony and Kow Kaneko fashion show at inaugural flight of Pan American Airline jet at Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, California, September 8, 1959]
Los Angeles, Calif.,
September 8, 1959
Photograph by Toyo Miyatake Studio, Gift of the Alan Miyatake Family
6 photographic prints : b&w; ; 4 x 5 in.
9 negatives : b&w; ; 5 x 7 in.
Published in Rafu Shimpo, September 9, 1959.
Ceremony of Shinto blessing conducted by Reverend Teitatsu Tsuyuki of Konko-Kyo Mission and Kow Kaneko fashion show on runway prior to the inaugural flight of the Pan American Airline jet service from Los Angeles to Honolulu to Tokyo at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Los Angeles, California, September 8, 1959.
1P and 7N: Little boy sits in jet engine, flanked by actress Miko Taka, left, and Captain Donald Dinkel, right. Boy wears a white shirt, shorts and bow tie; Taka wears a kimono; and Dinkel wears pilot uniform of dark jacket and white hat.
2P and 8N: Actress Miko Taka points to jet engine as little boy held by Caucasian pilot looks at her. Taka wears kimono; boy wears shorts set and pilot wears uniform of dark jacket and white hat.
3P, 4P and 10N: Three models in Kow Kaneko designs stand on runway in front of airplane. Two women wear wraps over evening gowns; woman at right wears a dress with long white gloves.
5N: Three models in Kow Kaneko designs walk down runway in front of airplane. Two women wear wraps over evening gowns; woman at right wears a dress with long white gloves. Japanese flag and taiko visible at left.
6P and 9N: Two models descend airplane and one model walks on runway. Two women wear Japanese influenced clothing and woman at top of stairs wears a suit.
11N: Rev. Tsuyuki performs Shinto rite in front of altar between American and Japanese flags with Pan American jet in background. Another man stands in foreground right. Both men wear Shinto robes of white with black court hats.
12N: Rev. Tsuyuki presents a basket of cherry blossoms to actress Miko Taka. He wears a white Shinto robe and black hat, she wears a kimono. Another priest looks on at right. Taiko drum, Japanese and American flags and Pan American airplane visible at left.
13N: Rev. Tsuyuki reads a piece of paper before Shinto altar place between American and Japanese flags with Pan American jet in background. He wears a white Shinto robe and black hat.
14N: Actress Miko Taka in kimono hands a sprig of cherry blossoms to Captain Donald Dinkel, sitting in cockpit of airplane. Rev. Tsuyuki stands beside Taka on platform.
15N: Actress Miko Taka stands and holds basket of cherry blossom sprigs beside Captain Donald Dinkel and Rev. Tsuyuki. Four Caucasian flight crew members stand on ramp stairs beside Consul General Yukio Hasumi and another man in a suit. Another priest in shinto robes, eyeglasses and mustache stands at far left. Sign at right, "PAA 831, Honolulu Tokyo."
Typed on original negative envelope: Pan American Airport.
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