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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Now Arriving from New York City

Now Arriving from New York City

My Grandma and Grandpa arriving in Chicago, maybe? Late 40's Kodachrome. View full size.

Security

...was a little looser in those days. Not only could you walk right out to the plane to greet the visiting relative, the flight attendents were glad to show a curious little boy the plane's interior!

Steve Miller
Someplace near the crossroads of America, where the airport is likely to renamed -- to the name it had way back when!

Prop planes

When I was a kid I love to go to the airport and watch those big prop planes fire up. The trill has never been the same with jets.

 
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