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Logan Airport: The early years

Feb. 19, 1940: A porter unloaded baggage from an incoming American Airlines flight. Passenger traffic over routes of American Airlines had set a new record for air traffic in January, when the flagships transported 45,939 passengers an increase of 83.5 percent over January 1939.
Feb. 19, 1940: A porter unloaded baggage from an incoming American Airlines flight. Passenger traffic over routes of American Airlines had set a new record for air traffic in January, when the flagships transported 45,939 passengers an increase of 83.5 percent over January 1939.(Paul J. Maguire/Globe Staff)

When it first opened in September 1923, Logan Airport was mainly used by the military and post office.