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Mohawk Airlines

Mohawk Airlines

I bought a group of pictures about 7 years ago from a man in Niagara Falls. My grandmother used to take Mohawk out of Newark Airport to visit relatives in Spencerport, NY. View full size.

Convair 580

When I was a kid in the early 80s, Aspen and Frontier Airlines were still flying those LOUD 580's on various routes between Denver and small towns like mine (Montrose, Colorado). I think the 580 was out of passenger service by around 1985.

Sterling Coopers #1 Client

On the show Mad Men the advertising for Mohawk is handled by Sterling Cooper.

Body Surfing

This looks more like the front rows at a concert. There's even a guy body surfing (though it doesn't look like he intended to do it).

My guess is this is a sports team returning home after a big win.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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