In July, 1928, just a month after she became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic (as part of a three-member crew), Amelia Earhart visited the Boston area, where she had worked for a few years as a social worker while living in Medford.
She arrived to throngs of well wishers at the East Boston airport and received roses from the governor on the steps of the State House. And she got a big welcome in Medford. She also took the controls of a smaller plane for a flight from East Boston:
The Boston Public Library recently posted these photos from Herald-Traveler photographer Leslie Jones as part of a set of photos of Earhart, Russell Boardman and John Polando, on a visit to East Boston after flying non-stop from New York to Turkey in 1931 and Frances Grayson, who also tried to fly across the Atlantic, in 1927, but who was lost at sea after taking off from Old Orchard Beach.
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