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Comfort in the Traveler’s World—A Brief History

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1928

Adventurous eaters can try new foods with less fear: St. Louis pharmacist Jim Howe develops a gentle antacid—a.k.a. TUMS—in his basement laboratory.

1948

In the air or at sea, motion sickness meets its match with DRAMAMINE, formulated by scientists at Johns Hopkins University as a cure for queasiness.

1961

Long flights seem shorter after the advent of the first IN-FLIGHT MOVIE, the melodrama By Love Possessed, on a TWA flight from New York to San Francisco.

1963

It took this long to think of this?The first IN-ROOM MINI-BAR is introduced at the Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C.

1977

Music hits the road, with the SONY WALKMAN. At the launch in Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park, journalists watch models jogging, running, and biking with the handheld device.

1979

Weighty key chains begone: VingCard Inc. invents the RECODABLE KEY CARD—slim enough to slip into your wallet or pocket.

1996

First-class passengers discover the luxury of real rest on British Airways’ original LAY-FLAT BEDS.

1997

Enter the age of über-service: the Cotton House in Mustique offers guests a PILLOW MENU with 11 choices, including the maternity pillow, a latex pillow, and "the snore stopper."

2007

A long airport layover can now be the opportunity for a refreshing shower and nap at THE YOTEL, in London Gatwick’s South Terminal. The chic, pod-like rooms can be rented overnight or for a few hours at a time.

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