Pan American Airways (Pan Am) Photographic Collection

Collection ID:
Pan American World Airways, Inc.
bulk 1930-1965
Physical Description:
0.1 Cubic Feet
(2 folders)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of photographic material relating to Pan American Airways (Pan Am) including a 16 x 20 inch black and white aerial photograph of Pan American International Airport in Miami, Florida taken in 1930; three color slides of photographs taken by Howard V. Norton of various travel groups boarding Pan Am flights; and twenty-two color slides, in numbered Pan Am mounts, which include images and captions for use in promotional presentations. The collection also contains 34 additional color slides, in generic mounts, for use in Pan Am promotional presentations. Slides in the collection depict Pan Am aircraft in flight; interiors of Pan Am aircraft; maps of Pan Am's routes; and scenes of tourists visiting attractions in locations Pan Am serviced including various locations in England, Cornwall, Cuba, Bahamas, Haiti, Dominican Republic, the Virgin Islands, and Jamaica.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Pan American Airways (Pan Am) was active in the airline industry from 1927, when it established a regular scheduled international service, to its bankruptcy in late 1991. Pan Am was the first American airline to operate a permanent international air service. From its first route between Key West and Havana, Pan Am extended its routes into the rest of the Caribbean, Central America and South America. In 1936, Pan Am inaugurated passenger service in the Pacific, and began service in the Atlantic in 1939. Pan Am started around-the-world commercial air service in 1947. Besides setting many "firsts" with routes, Pan Am also established "firsts" in the aircraft technology they chose, such as being the first to use Boeing Model 747s in regular scheduled services. Howard V. Norton was a Pan Am Sales Representative in Washington, D.C. from 1942-1965 where his duties included promoting Pan Am to travel agents and organizing round the world tour groups.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Robert H. Norton, Gift, 2009

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access.
Preferred Citation
Pan American Airways (Pan Am) Photographic Collection, Accession 2009-0013, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

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Repository Contact
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