Friday, 26 September 2014


The Vintage Festival was held in the 1940 Air Terminal Museum, a place that deserves it's own post altogether. The name gives it away, the building was opened in 1940 and sports a truly elegant modernistic architecture. At that time, aviation was still in its infancy and only wealthy people could afford to fly. But as Houston's riches rose to fame and wealth, the municipal airport became more and more popular.

It was a bit hard to take pictures of the building as there were cars parked in front of it, and the weather was not ideal, but the cloudy sky adds to the mystery a bit.
The next day the sun came out and I could get a few shots of the plane in front as well.
The inside is lovingly decorated with items from the era. The exhibition illustrates the history of aviation in Houston and shows mannequins with uniforms, photographs and important documents.
Even the ladies' bathroom was stylish!
Some original posters even still advertised the destinations!
Today the domestic Hobby airport has grown around the building, so it is still situated on a working airport with the airfield out the back, it is just not used as for these purposes anymore. Yet, the museum manages to capture the spirit of a time gone by, and illustrates the luxury and style of travelling airborne.
The museum is a short drive from downtown and Montrose, but definitely worth a visit, especially for the vintage lover! Don't you feel wanderlust...?

1940 Air Terminal Museum
8325 Travelair Street
Houston, Texas 77061

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday

PS.: Houstonians, you can support the Museum and enjoy this superp place at their annual gala, 
October 11th!  
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