American Airlines Scrapbook
Portions of this collection are digitized

Collection ID:
American Airlines
October 1945
Physical Description:
0.68 Cubic feet
One flat box
This scrapbook documents the introduction of American Airlines' Boston to London commercial service in October 1945.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This scrapbook contains the following types of material documenting the introduction of American Airlines' Boston to London commercial service in October 1945: newspaper articles; photographs of crew, passengers, and christening speakers; flight memorabilia; and three 78 rpm record son the christening of the aircraft
New England
on 21 October 1945.

No arrangement, one scrapbook.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
American Airlines was developed from a conglomeration of 82 small airlines through acquisitions and reorganizations; initially called American Airways, it was a common brand for a number of independent carriers. These included Southern Air Transport in Texas, Southern Air Fast Express (SAFE) in the western US, Universal Aviation in the Midwest (which operated a transcontinental air/rail route in 1929), Thompson Aeronautical Services (which operated a Detroit-Cleveland route beginning in 1929) and Colonial Air Transport in the Northeast. On January 25, 1930, American Airways was incorporated as a single company, based in New York, with routes from Boston, New York and Chicago to Dallas, and from Dallas to Los Angeles. In 1934, American Airways Company was acquired by E. L. Cord, who renamed it "American Air Lines." Cord hired Texas businessman C. R. (Cyrus Rowlett) Smith to run the company. American was one of the four airlines, along with United Eastern, and TWA, that dominated the major transcontinental routes. Today American Airlines, Inc. is the world's third-largest airline in passenger miles transported, passenger fleet size, and operating revenues.

Processing Information
Arranged, described, and encoded by Patti Williams, 2020.
Patti Williams
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Raymond Leonard, Gift, Unknown, NASM.XXXX.0038

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
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Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access
Preferred Citation
American Airlines Scrapbook, NASM.XXXX.0038, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

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Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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