Dine and Dance at the Air-O-Inn
Dine and Dance at the Air-O-Inn, opposite Wold Chamberlain Airport! Here’s a fine colored ink blotter with an attractive young lady. I will have cheese cake with my chicken please. What kind of dancing is “Old Time” dancing? Believe it or not, cards like this were actually used to blot ink when using a fountain pen. They were also handy advertising for businesses.This blotter appears to be from 1940′s. The artist signature is to the right but I can’t make it out. The blotter was made by Brown and Bigelow over in St. Paul. If I remember right 66th ran almost to 34th up into the the late 198o’s. Nothing but runway there now.
Our little airport first came into being when several local groups came together to take control of the former bankrupt Twin City Speedway race track, giving the airport its original name, Speedway Field. Soon after, in 1921, the airport was renamed Wold-Chamberlain Field for the World War I pilots Ernest Groves Wold and Cyrus Foss Chamberlain. In 1944, the site was renamed to Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Airport/Wold-Chamberlain Field, with “International” replacing “Metropolitan” four years later.