Speaking of Amelia Earhart photographs *

In addition to the relaxed Amelia Earhart photo I posted again earlier this week, the Automobile Club of Southern California Archives has some more nice photos of her in Burbank. Gotta love this one.


It shows Earhart in 1936 at Lockheed Aircraft, the factory where the Electra she attempted to fly around the world was built. I have no idea if that plane is an Electra, but someone will know. The picture was included in a web exhibition on Southern California's long and special relationship with aviation at the Autry National Center website.

When most of the space in and around Los Angeles was open, there used to be airports all over — including at intersections we now think of as urban to the max. I can think of three that were along Wilshire Boulevard alone, and the site of the Los Angeles Zoo used to be an important airfield (and Air National Guard base.) Below, a fun 1946 photo — also from the Auto Club's archives — showing Eddie Meyer’s Trading Post, a used-airplane lot that was at the corner of 3rd and Vermont.

One ID: Dave Kunz of KABC and "The Car Show" on KPFK says the car is a Cord, the famous luxury car of the 1930s.


Photos: Automobile Club of Southern California Archives, Copyright © 2011

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