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Old Jun 7, 01, 2:06 pm   #1
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Curating Relics as T.W.A. Nears Departure

Curating Relics as T.W.A. Nears Departure

If midcentury modern is your thing, you probably covet an Eames chair. If you're into Pop Art, you'll want a Warhol. For photography connoisseurs, it may be an Edward Weston. But I'm not interested in any of that stuff. I'm going for the airport look. Specifically, a T.W.A. departure lounge, circa 1962.

I realize this seems odd at a time when air travel has become about as stylish as submarine duty. Nevertheless, my apartment is increasingly decorated in a style you might call midcentury airborne. A pair of small plastic Boeing 707's sit on my desk, alongside a Trans World Airlines swizzle stick with a streaking-707 silhouette. A mid-50's travel poster promoting T.W.A. flights to France hangs in my foyer. On the study wall is a lithograph of an early-60's T.W.A. 707. In the bathroom, my Q-Tips are kept in a vintage T.W.A. coffee cup.

I have a hard time explaining my addiction. I don't think it's an affaire de kitsch, and I'm not practical enough to think of T.W.A. objects as sound investments. It can't be nostalgia: I've never even flown on T.W.A.

http://www.nytimes.com/2001/06/07/living/07TWA.html
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Old Jun 7, 01, 6:50 pm   #2
 
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On our last international flight, the duty free cart was selling lots of TWA replica planes. I think this time we'll buy some playing cards.

The coffee cups, cute as they are, are too small for anything but paperclips!

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Since everybody knows that TWA is soon to be history, how do they keep everything from being stolen. There First Class China is very nice. When does all the AA eagle start appearing?

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