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MIA vintage video project takes passengers down memory lane

Airport repurposes old flight information monitors to display footage from the 1920s to 1980s

MIAMI (July 31, 2017)

Miami International Airport is taking some of its passengers on a trip down memory lane, thanks to a new vintage video project developed through a partnership between the Miami-Dade Aviation Department and the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives at Miami Dade College.

Outdated flight information display monitors inside MIA’s Concourse F have been refurbished and repurposed by the airport to display film clips from the Wolfson Archives that include: vintage footage of MIA from 1950s and 1960s; celebrities arriving at the airport from the 1950s to the 1980s; home movies filmed in Miami between the 1920s and 1960s; and the 1940s promotional film Florida: Land of Perpetual Sunshine.

“We are proud to host this video retrospective of our growth as an airport and as a community over the decades,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González. “Since it was founded in 1928, MIA has been the driving force behind Miami’s transformation into a global tourism destination, and our hope is that this entertaining film project gives passengers a greater understanding and appreciation of that history.”

Founded in 1984 and based at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus, the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives houses more than 35,000 hours of video tape and 23 million feet of film documenting Florida history. 

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