Charles, Ray Eames, Canada discussed on 99% Invisible

99% Invisible
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Nineteen fifties the vinyl chairs and couches are arranged in you shape seating areas they were designed by famous midcentury designers like charles and ray eames and robin bush the gander international loans has been called the single most important modernist room in canada even the bathrooms other own amazing time capsule the women's restroom especially jerry out a warning so that we can go in mayo vary this is this is not a gross airport bathroom it's beautiful midcentury luxury there's a row of swivel chairs in front of a counter and a wallsized mirror it has to showers because yes people use two shower at the airport to showers this room as well into means but now you can say you were into washroom queen hybrid her nose in june nineteen nineteen fiftynine when this international lounge of the gander airport opened in nineteen fiftynine the queen of england herself came for the opening and yeah the townspeople pop knob with her too a lot has happened in this airport and the story of how came to be and what it's become is really also a story about the history of air travel shortest way clear let me show you you've got to look at it on the globe if you trace a direct course from new york to paris you'll see that it takes you right over new remember lindbergh went this way and heating in the nineteen twenties before gander existed newfoundland's grassy fields where the jumping off points for transatlantic daredevil pilots amelia earhart alcock and brown lindbergh all of them because it was so far east it made sense to start there if you will worried about getting across the atlantic with enough you'll eventually the british government which controlled newfoundland at the time started to take note maybe there was something to this whole air travel thing in nineteen thirty six british chose what was then basically a patch of woods on the eastern side of newfoundland as the site for over a million square yards of runways but the spring of nineteen thirty eight the gander airport was fully operational but the massive runways were mostly unused there just weren't enough planes in operation that could actually survive the crossing of the atlantic ocean it was a very very risky journey and the two decades before the war only one hundred planes had crossed the atlantic fifty others had tried and failed.

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