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Eastern Air Lines postcard

1948
 Collection
Identifier: 1996-234

Abstract

Eastern Air Lines operated from 1927 to 1991 and was one of the Big Four airlines (others included United, Delta, and American) that for almost fifty years dominated commercial airline travel in the United States. This item is a postcard with the illustration of Eastern's Modern DC-4 Silverliner airplane.

Dates

  • 1948

Creator

Extent

1 item(s)

General Physical Description

1 print : postcard, color ; 3.5 x 5.5 in.

Historical Note

Eastern Air Lines operated from 1927 to 1991 and was one of the Big Four airlines (others included United, Delta, and American) that for almost fifty years dominated commercial airline travel in the United States. Eastern had two famous CEOs. The first was Eddie Rickenbacker (1890-1973), a World War I flying ace, who served the airline from 1935 until 1963. The second was Colonel Frank Borman (1928-), an astronaut who orbited both the Earth (Gemini VII in 1966) and the moon (Apollo VIII in 1968), who held the top spot at the company from the 1975 to 1986. Financial difficulties and union troubles led to the sale of Eastern to Texas Air in 1986, which also owned Continental. Many of Eastern’s assets were then transferred to Continental. The first Gulf War caused a drop in commercial traffic and along with its continuing debt problems, Eastern ceased operations in 1991.

Scope and Content

This item is a postcard with the illustration of Eastern's Modern DC-4 Silverliner airplane.

Location

GL Box 1.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Eastern Air Lines postcard
Status:
Date:
2015
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Audiovisual Collections Repository

Contact:
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