Non veni pacem mittere, sed gladium.
I think that they offered a meal back then. Actually all over Asia, they still do - with every flight. In the US you're lucky to get a soft drink and peanuts.
The man in the photo wasn't called a flight attendant. They were called pursers then. My father was a purser at Eastern Airlines in the 30's and briefly after the war.
The chief flight attendant on US airlines presently is still referred to as the purser.