Research Finds: “Grand Central” of the Airways

As I have mentioned before, Popular Mechanics is one of my favorite research resources for aviation history during the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. The articles provide insight into the new and exciting world of aviation during the infancy of its development. The loss of many early United States aviation facilities (pre-Jet Age), demolished or abandoned in favor of larger, contemporary airports, is particularly heartbreaking considering the majesty and beauty of these early structures. Often, these air facilities include the Art Deco or Art Moderne architectural style and many buildings were constructed as a result of the Works Progress Administration. I spotted a feature in the March 1941 titled “‘Grand Central’ of the Airways”, which illustrated the beautiful buildings of the early New York LaGuardia Airport. LaGuardia was a WPA supported airport project and featured beautiful structures, including the original International/Pan American Airways Terminal.

I’ve highlighted a selection of the imagery from the article below or you can view the entire article here.

"Grand Central" of the Airways, Popular Mechanics, March 1941 (pg 337)
“Grand Central” of the Airways, Popular Mechanics, March 1941 (pg 337)
"...New York's International terminal - the base of Pan American Airways' operations between the Americas and Europe." Popular Mechanics, March 1941 (pg 341)
“…New York’s International terminal – the base of Pan American Airways’ operations between the Americas and Europe.” Popular Mechanics, March 1941 (pg 341)
Planes and the Administration Building at La Guardia. Popular Mechanics, March 1941 (pg 340)
Planes and the Administration Building at La Guardia. Popular Mechanics, March 1941 (pg 340)

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