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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Modern Terminal: 1962

Modern Terminal: 1962

New York circa 1962. "Trans World Airlines Terminal, Idlewild Airport. Eero Saarinen, architect." Photo by Balthazar Korab. View full size.

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It was beautiful!

Even in the days of its decline in the late 1980s, this was a beautiful space! I actually looked forward to going through this terminal after the long transatlantic flights from Paris, and the dreadful service on TWA. These black and white photos, though they are splendid in themselves, just don't do justice to the space. This is probably the most significant work of architecture designed for air travel in the whole 20th century - and it looked great with Leo DiCaprio as the fake pilot in "Catch Me If You Can!"

My first flight

My first flight took me through this terminal in October, 1962. I thought I had arrived at what the future would look like. They handed out little packs of cigarettes ... to everyone, to my regret. As the song goes, I was "leavin' on a jet plane..."


Early days before clock was installed.

The ultimate

backdrop for an Alec Baldwin commercial:


I hate to say it, but the man-cave caboose looks more inviting. This looks like a giant melting igloo.

Could anything look more dated?

This is something straight out of The Jetsons. A 60s idea of what the future would look like, but definitely not the direction it's actually headed now.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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