This is incredibly off-topic — but I bet if I’d waited a few hours, there’d be one or two stewardess-related Thursday comics and I could have tied it all neatly together.
Back in the day, when female flight attendants were considered little more than Runway Models of the Skies, there were a number of age and weight and other requirements for the job. Including the stipulation that they be between 5’2’’ and 5’6”.
And that part puzzles me: can anybody guess why a woman over 5’6” would be unacceptable?
(And remember, a taller woman would still be bound by the weight requirement and the “she has to be a looker” requirement)
My best guess, and I’m pretty sure it’s a terrible guess, is that airlines wanted to get away with buying (and recycling) the least possible number of uniforms.