In a way the reduced influence of marketing and low loads with standard/high density seating is a good reflection of the time period. Granted its not the 1930s when having a huge armchair would have been the preferential way to fly commercially, but flying was still well beyond the vast majority of the population. Food rationing, for example, was still in place in the UK until 1954.
Maybe its good then that pax will only fly if the seaing is beyond standard.
As mentioned in another thread, magazines were a strong location for adverts, but advertising was not as powerful or persuasive as it is now. Word of mouth and a good reputation from expriences were probably more important. I know this may seem far fetched, but flying was still extremely exclusive at this time.
Has anyone tried using luxury seats? Are load factors higher then?