The best known and
one of the earliest shots of the terminal. This one was posted from
on 05 Oct 1949 and states that the passengers were on the ground for ½
An older sepia style photo of the same area. It was sent a bit
earlier than the last one, on 14 may 1947
Old Gander Lounge,
shows a shot looking roughly west towards the inside of the terminal.
It is unused but has a hand written note inside : "Gander- in heavy
fog - 8h45 PM Wed, July 2 - left 9:45, returned "engine trouble"
10:30, boarded 1:20 AM Thurs, July 3 - take off 2:30 AM". I would
imagine they were happy to have Gander as a place to return to ! I
looked up the calendars from that period and the only one with a
Wednesday, 2 July, is 1952.
If I remember
correctly, it was understood that this area was to be left to
passengers and that use by locals was frowned upon... but we had the
other counter near the middle of the two hangers where the French
fries and Coke floats were much more tasty!
Another shot of the
same area. I can't tell you much about it except the date because it
was sent to
and written in Croatian. It was sent on
28 May 1954. Maybe it was one of Marshal Tito's friends - the
others didn't get to visit
North America very
This is a mint and
fairly hard to find photo showing the ticket counters. The first one
is Trans Canada Airlines while the second is Trans World Airways.
This looks like a pre-April 1949 because the sign at the end says
"Newfoundland Posts and Telegraphs". No internet in those days!
This is the wonderful
"Novelty booth" - what many Ganderites called what sounded like the
"Nobbly Boot". Since I already posted this shot in another context,
you can get the complete info at the following address :
And of course, a
place to relax after a long flight over 2500 miles of water in a
piston engine plane - the famous, world-renown "Big Dipper" !
This is a really
wonderful shot of the back of the hangers, the side opposite the
tarmac. You can see near the middle of the 1st hanger the door we
used "on Sundays" to visit the terminal. And would you just love to
have today the "woody wagon" parked right next to it.
The other entrance
(to get to the French fries and Coke floats) was near where the two
hangers were joined by a lower section. This photo dates from 1950.