Photo: Brian L. Frank
California resident Anthony Toth has built an impressive replica of a first-class cabin from a Pan Am World Airways 747 in the garage of his two-bedroom condo. The first-class cabin includes all of the amenities that such a flight would have had in the 1970′s or 1980′s, including red carpted floors, authentic Pan Am seats, overhead bins with working lights and buttons, and even Pan Am napkins and accessories (all of this and more totaling about $50,000 for Anthony Toth). [via]
So why does Anthony Toth do this? According to the WSJ:
Mr. Toth’s obsession with Pan Am began in the 1970s when he was growing up in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, about 45 minutes from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Every summer, he and his family traveled to see relatives in Rome and Budapest, where his parents were from, usually flying in Pan Am’s coach class. “There was no other aircraft I could walk on board that intrigued me more than the Pan Am cabin,” he says. “Everything symbolized something. That meant something to me as a youngster.”
As a child, Mr. Toth would save items that most passengers considered to be trash, such as cardboard coasters and paper tray linings from coach meal services. On every flight, he would carry a camera and shoot three or four rolls of film documenting the aircraft’s interior. He lugged a boxy tape recorder to capture in-flight audio by cranking the dial on his armrest up to level 12 and placing the microphone to the earphones so he could listen to the airline’s music selection back home.
To say the least, Toth’s replica is outstanding and you really should have a look at the photos of it below. Photos by Brian L. Frank