The Pan American terminal in Miami.
(via Jassy-50 on Flickr).
This….this needs to exist still. It’s be wonderful.
(Actually, I believe that globe is in HistoryMiami; I thought I remembered seeing it when I lived on that side of the state for School.)
It’s funny to see that I reblogged this postcard so long ago, because last week at the Floridiana Bazaar, I bought this exact postcard. Upon doing more research, that globe is indeed located in a museum, though it’s the Miami Science Museum.
As was common back in the day, postcards would be painted from real-life photos that were taken, and the original image for the above postcard is below.
As one of the terminal’s defining features, the globe was promoted heavily by the airline, and came to be one of the lasting symbols of the company. As seen in this pamphlet, the globe was oriented to the north star so that, when Miami reached the top on its two-minute rotation, the observer could orient himself with the rest of the world.
As stated, the globe is located in lobby of the Miami Science Museum, having been moved there in 1960.
I’ll make a post soon about the Pan Am terminal building in which the globe was housed. Pretty cool little history for a cool post card, don’t you think?