In The Field
Harking back to the 1930’s and Imperial Airways Empire Flying Boat era, named after the most famous flying boats of all, the Catalina is a bag that evokes the mood and a style of air travel far removed from todays experience.
Alexander Freiters’ documentary sums up the ‘laudator temporis acti’ of Imperial Airways legendary flying boat service to Africa perfectly: they carried passengers in standards of country house comfort still talked about today.
Call us ‘incurable romantics’ but it is a fact of life that there are many of us in the world today who relate far more to a style of life in say, the Edwardian era than we do to what we might refer to as the ‘plastic throwaway society’ of today. And so it is that we are drawn to the evocative imagery of films like ‘Out Of Africa and we lean towards products, places, experiences and even materials that still manage to exhibit the romance of days gone by. The Catalina is that sort of bag.