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Step Inside an Aircraft Manufacturer's Pristine Midcentury HQ

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Welcome back to Monochromes, a Friday mini-series wherein Curbed delves deep into the Library of Congress's photographic annals, resurfacing with an armful of old black-and-white photos of architecture and interior design. Have a find you want to share? Hit up the tipline; we'd love to hear from you.

All photos courtesy of the Library of Congress' Gottscho-Schleisner Collection

The Fairchild Aircraft Corporation was founded in New York in 1924, and later had a hand in many of the 20th century's most exciting advances in aviation. The company designed the first American aircraft to feature a fully enclosed cockpit. One of their earliest planes, the Virginia, was taken by the explorer Richard E. Byrd to the South Pole in 1929, and used for reconnaissance flights. A few years later, the company became the first to provide aerial photography services, and was hired by the government in 1935 to do aerial surveys of soil erosion in United States. During World War II, Fairchild designed all kinds of aircraft and missiles for the military. The angular postwar digs of this now-defunct aircraft manufacturer in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York were really striking—all lines and no curves.

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