Happy Birthday Logan

Sep 13, 2023

This month Logan Airport celebrates its 100th birthday. Of course, when it opened on September 8, 1923, it was much different than the bustling enterprise we know today. There were fewer terminals, no Uber or Lyft drop offs, and no food court or gift shops.

Among the many items in Historic New England’s vast archival collection are some photographs of Logan Airport in the early twentieth century.

These photographs of the airport, aircraft, and aerial views were taken by Thomas F. Hartley. Hartley was a photographer who worked for Skyways Inc., one of Boston’s first commercial flying operations headquartered at the airport, c. 1928. He later opened a firm named Hartley and Arnold which also maintained offices at the airport in the 1930s and 1940s.

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