Now Arriving: Traveling To and From Chicago By Air, 90 Years of Flight - Hardcover Book
As Chicago grew into a metropolitan area during the 1800s and 1900s, and as air travel developed along with rail travel, the city's main airport (Municipal Airport, located on the city's South Side along Cicero Avenue) eventually became known as Midway Airport. With the advent of jet travel by 1960, Chicago expanded O'Hare Airport, named for naval aviator Edward Butch O'Hare. This airport had long enough runways that could handle the jet airplane traffic.
Included in this book are 200 pages of over 200 black and white photographs along with a variety of interviews, which will tell the story about air travel into and out of Chicago over the past ninety years. A major part of the photo collection provided in this book includes negatives recently discovered in an attic that were taken by Mike Rotunno, a well known photographer who spent much time from the 1930s until the 1960s photographing famous people arriving in the city. These stunning images have not been seen in many years, and this is actually the first publication to provide many of these rare photos. In addition the book includes a collection of rare autographed photos of the famous people who traveled through Midway Airport from Amelia Earhart to J. Edgar Hoover, Will Rogers, the Three Stooges, and Cary Grant. These signatures were collected by a teenager named Johnny Latoza, who sold newspapers at the airport in the 1930s, and whose charm and persistence always got the stars to sign his book.
From trails to rails, sails to wings, Chicago has been the crossroads of America and the world, and this book documents the city's continued importance to not only this region as a vital transportation hub, but to the world.
Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches
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