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Hoxsey" Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard with writing on back: 'This
is a picture of the chap who was killed after making the record height of
11330. ft A monument is to be erected to honor him.' This image is used in
the Wikipedia article about him because it was undoubtedly the best portrait
ever taken of him. But just try to find the real thing offered for sale, as
we do here! $90.00 a(p)
"1609 / HUDSON-FULTON MEMORIAL CELEBRATION / 1909 // The 'Half Moon' and the 'Clermont' on their trip / up the Hudson river escorted by U. S. Men of War / and Balloons" the Wright flyer being unmentioned; exposition souvenir with an artist's concept of the event, the size of a regular postcard but with blank back, good edges. The Wright plane when it actually flew that course carried a canoe in case they ditched into the water, so the artist did not get the idea quite right. The caption writer did not know what to call the aircraft & so left it unmentioned. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)en(h)b
"2 Aviator Bonny and His Manager" unused sepia-tone postcard with divided back & good edges. In full, the correctly spelled name of the aviator was Warden Leonard Bonney, but the last name is sometimes seen misspelled Bonnie or Bonny as we have it here. Bonny flew on the Wright Exhibition Team from 1910 to 1911, when Roy Knabenshue was the team manager. Chicago Illinois is the probable location. Rare. $35.00 a(p)i(c) NEW / NEU / NOVA
"2137 Aeroplane Mechanicians. / WILBUR WRIGHT FIELD, Fairfield, Ohio" black & white postcard mailed 1918 at Dayton Ohio, toned both sides, long crease, part cancel ink on front, as is. The earliest aircraft mechanic postcard we have ever seen. $15.00 aop
"2 Aviator Bonny and His Manager" unused sepia-tone postcard with divided back & good edges. In full, the correctly spelled name of the aviator was Warden Leonard Bonney, but the last name is sometimes seen misspelled Bonnie or Bonny as we have it here. Bonny flew on the Wright Exhibition Team from 1910 to 1911, when Roy Knabenshue was the team manager. Rare. $29.00 a(p)i(c)
"30288 / OUR SALESMAN WILL CALL IN A FEW DAYS WITH A / COMPLETE LINE OF COLUMBIA WINDOW / SHADES AND COLUMBIA LACE CURTAINS / YOURS TRULY, / COLUMBIA SHADE CLOTH CO." with a biplane depicted as perilously carrying a large case of samples suspended by a single rope; post card mailed NO 20 1911 from Madison Square Station in New York City to Odell & Young in Bennington New Hampshire (Vermont corrected to NH by post office), a lot of wear at both sides of the right front corners, lightly toned back. $9.00 a(p)al
"3174 / COURT SQUARE & COMMERCE ST. WEST / MONTGOMERY, ALA." with a biplane passing over the historic district; postcard with message dated 12/7/12 on back, tiny bottom corner crease, a little toning near the back corners. Rare. Is this a fanciful item? No! In the spring of 1910 the Wright Brothers opened the first US civilian flying school on the outskirts of Montgomery. The Montgomery Commercial Club (later becoming the Chamber of Commerce) agreed to clear land, build a hangar, and provide transportation to & from the field. The school proved to be short-lived, even though the weather was more conducive to flying than in Dayton Ohio. Our details are from the Encyclopedia of Alabama, which has much more. $20.00 a(p)a(m)
"39415 / The Wright Brothers, of Dayton, Ohio, the most prominent and most successful developers of the / Aeroplanes in the world. Wilbur (on the right( and Orville (on the left) and their sister, unused post card with unevenly divided back, bottom corner crease, toned back. Rare. $14.00 a(p)
"39421 / Wilbur Wright Aeroplane on Governor's Island, New York Harbor, before flight, October, 1909. Picture / shows construction of machine and canoe carried on trips over water." unused postcard on substantial stock, unevenly divided back, minor wear at one bottom corner, otherwise fairly fresh for its age. Rare. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)n(g)n(m)
"5740 People, who make National Cash Registers, / Dayton, Ohio" postcard mailed AUG 3 1911 from Dayton to Mr. Percy Prescott in Haverhill Massachusetts by C. L. Webster who mentions 'I have not had a chance to fly since Saturday when I got four fine lessons. I hope to finish soon. I rather like Dayton.' Mr. Webster is mentioned in Appendix C of John Carver Edwards' book on Wright alumni; so he graduated. As reported by the May 15, 1916 Aerial Age Weekly, he went on to become a test pilot for the Burgess Company flying boats being marketed to the US Navy. Postcard published by S. S. Kresge & made in the USA, a thin stripe of blue ink near the left back edge probably from the printing process itself, good edges. Seldom offered. $20.00 a(p)a(m)i
"74 NOS AEROPLANES. -- Airoplane de M. Esnault Pelterie" black & white carte postale, fairly fresh. This shows the first monoplane of the visionary Robert Esnault-Pelterie. It had internally braced wings, a lightweight engine of his design, the first completely enclosed streamlined fuselage (welded-steel tubing covered with red muslin), a large bicycle wheel at the front, smaller wheels at the end of both wings to maintain balance & a smaller wheel at the tail. A genius who was first challenged by erroneous information about the Wright machines, Esnault-Pelterie developed the joystick control, conceptualized the aileron on the trailing edge of wings, proposed ballistic missiles, and predicted travel to the moon by rocket (with gimbaled nozzles!). $16.00 as
"AEROPLANE READY FOR A FLIGHT, HAMPTON BEACH, N H." unused circa-1915 postcard published by the Graves & Ramsdell Co. in Hampton Beach, good edges, back paper starting to brown with age. Rare. $15.00 a(p)n(h)
"AIRSHIPS PASSING WEST POINT--PAINTED BY LOUIS BIEDERMANN / During the great Hudson-Fulton celebrations in New York in September-October, 1909, the greatest aerial / spectacle ever witnessed will take place... / ...The New York World has offered a $10,000 prize to the aerial navigator who duplicates in / the air the 147-mile journey of Fulton's first steamboat, the Clermont." postcard with note pencilled on back from a mom to her son informing him she is seriously ill, back with uneven yellowish toning. Biedermann was an illustrator working for the paper offering the prize. $10.00 a(p)a(b)enn(w)
"Airships ready for start and Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N. J." postcard with evenly divided back, published by the American Novelty Company in Atlantic City, mailed there AUG 25 1913 to Mr. Walter Davis in Braddock Pennsylvania, dark image as was the only other example we have seen, light album toning at the back corners, good edges. Aircraft took off and landed on the beach between Ocean Pier at Tennessee Avenue & Million Dollar Pier at Arkansas Avenue, according to aviation historian & author Richard Porcelli. Surprisingly hard to find. $9.00 a(p)n(a)
"ALL IN THE / DAY'S WORK // 'A new kind of thrill' -- above, the actual plane / (though the scene is a film reconstruction) in which / Blériot first flew the Channel in 1909" including Charles Fontaine (Le Matin correspondent) who used the tricolor French flag shown to show the aviator where to land near the cliffs of Dover; unused Azo (triangles up) real photo post card, surface scuff affects one word in the caption area. Rare. $40.00 a(p)e(w)fn
"An Aeroplane on the Beach, Atlantic City, N. J." postcard with evenly divided back mailed AUG 18 1915 at Atlantic City, minor corner wear, light album marks at back corners. Writer notes: ' We see this aeroplane every day, flying over the water... . Surprisingly hard to find. $10.00 a(p)n(a)
"ARMY AERO SCHOOL, COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND / ON BALTIMORE & OHIO RAILROAD, BETWEEN WASHINGTON & BALTIMORE" showing 2 biplanes aloft; unused postcard with trivial corner wear, otherwise good edges, back fairly fresh. The opening of this school was in 1911. Rare. $22.50 a(p)a(m)m(c)r(b) NEW / NEU / NOVA
"Arrival of Lieutenant Foulois and Parmalee at Eagle Pass Mar 3 / 11 left turning to alight on Parade Ground." annotated historic & undoubtedly unique real photo the size of a regular postcard, blank back, light toning in the bottom borders, good edges. More fully, this plane was lent to the US Army in 1911 to patrol the Texas/Mexican border from Fort McIntosh. It accomplished the historic feat mostly at an altitude of about 2,000 feet & speed about 50 miles per hour--an American record for continuous flight with a passenger at the time. To this day arguments persist about how best to patrol that border! Rare: belongs in a museum. $100.00 a(p)a(m)t(e)
"Atwood Landing at Euclid Beach on / His Great Record Long Distance Flight, From St. Louis to New York. / Cleveland" post card mailed at Akron Ohio NOV 3 1913 to Mrs John Bailey in Elyria Ohio, good edges, a little reddish toning on back is hard to understand but obscures nothing. $12.00 a(p)o(c)a
"Atwood starting for New York, Chicago Aviation Meet, August 15, 1911 / Mea magneto only ignition system on his Burgess-Wright Aeroplane / Compliments Marburg Bros., 1777 Broadway, New York City" postcard with many Mea advertising claims printed in the message section on back, mild corner wear & rounding, 2 small tears in the top edge, light uneven toning both sides. The address is in the Theater District of NYC. Rare. $20.00 a(p)i(c)ag(m)n(n)
"AVIATION MEET / BLANCHESTER, O." unused sepia-tone Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard with crisp focus & pleasing contrasts, R in caption somewhat faint; oxidation consistent with circa-1914 date, good edges. Accompanied by another sepia-tone Azo real photo post card that is uncaptioned but showing possibly the same aircraft, with aviator seated; lower corner creased but not into the image, back heavily toned, front with numerous small light surface abrasions. Rare. $70.00 total gets both. o(b)
"AVIATION WEEK, CHICAGO ILL. AUG. 12-21, 1911" with biplane #9 flying near to the lake shore, real photo post card with heavy upper corner crease, indent near the stamp right that closes well, mailed AUG 21 1911 at Chicago's Canal Station to Mr. Charles Auer in Denver Colorado, album toning near the back edges. Rare. $30.00 a(p)i(c)
"AVIATOR BONNEY AFTER FIRST FLIGHT / JULY 4, 1911 - BATTLE CREEK, MICH. / With warm regards for Battle Creek / S. W. Bonney / Wright Aviator" unused Azo (triangles up) real photo post card with good edges, back toned from album contact, oxidation consistent with age. The writing in the sky was on the negative, not on the postcard. In the Stuart A. Lassen Postcard Collection; now it can be in yours too! $70.00 m(b)g(b)aa
"Aviators TURPIN and PARMELEE" on an unused postcard with unevenly divided back, light toning. While unstated in the caption, the view is definitely at Dominguez Field California in 1912, on the first of a few day's appearances. We know these facts because a museum has the same item in its treasures, but with one difference--Turpin himself wrote on the back of it proposing successfully to his future wife! Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)c(d)c(r)
"Belle Isle May 25th 19" caption from writing on front, real photo showing crowd around 2 propeller craft on a field, most of top border trimmed off unevenly by an idiot, stamp box quoting half penny inland & one penny foreign leads us to conclude this scene is in Britain (not Michigan or France). Post card sold but front still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 ae
"Bird's Eye View, N. C. R., Dayton" with a golden-colored metallic airship add-on, mailed JUL 5 1914 from Dayton Ohio to Miss M. Zula Swartz in New Bloomfield Pennsylvania, upper corner crease in the sky only. Hospitalized sender wrote in part 'Orville Wright just circled the city in his biplane. Lots of noise & pretty fireworks loving it.' apparently describing the just-passed Fourth of July celebration. $20.00 ia(p)f
"Birds'-eye View of New York State Fair, Syracuse N. Y." with biplane overflying the F. M. Ebeling Seedsman & Iron Age tents; unused circa-1912 postcard published by Ralph Finney (his number P-68498), trivial wear at 3 corners, otherwise fairly fresh. Seldom offered. $7.00 a(p)n(s)g(e)
"BREDA / 19" uncaptioned (so we use the fuselage marking) original real photograph showing the military aerobatic trainer developed in 1928 for the Italian Air Force & used throughout the 1930s by Squadrigilia di Alta Acrobazia Aerea to do formation aerobatics, crisp focus, good contrast, size of a regular postcard, small brown spot in the front sky, a few small spots & a handstamped C69 on an otherwise blank back. Rare. $22.50 a(p)a(m)i
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"BROOKINS AND CURTIS IN FULL FLIGHT. / © Atlantic City" unused post card with unevenly divided back, small bottom corner crease, light toning near the back edges. This view was taken during the 10-day aviation meet in July 1910 when Brookins set an altitude record & Curtis set a speed record over a 50-mile course. Rare. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)n(a)
"Brookins in a Wright Airship, Atlantic City, N. J." with a bit of its skyline underneath; unused post card published by I. & M. Ottenheimer in Baltimore, 3 small corner creases, light album toning on front, a little wear to the top edge most evident from the back. He was the first to go over a mile in altitude there on July 10 1910. Rare. $20.00 a(p)n(a)
"BROOKINS IN HIS AEROPLANE / OVER ART INSTITUTE AND / GRANT PARK, CHICAGO" including the onlooking crowd, postcard mailed there SEP 12 1911 to Miss Ruth Ruh in Karlsruhe Baden Germany, small upper corner crease, all corners with minor wear, fingerprint toning on the back. $8.00 a(p)i(c)
"Burgess-Wright Areoplane / in flight" unused real photo post card, made by G. R. Groesbeck in Lynn Massachusetts, long bottom corner crease, minor corner wear & rounding, light uneven toning on back. Rare. $30.00 a(p)
"BUY WRIGHT'S AEROPLANE SHOES" unused advertising postcard meant to be used by a salesman of Aug. Wright Company in Petersburg Virginia, alerting the recipient of an impending visit, toned back & what looks like a chemical spot near the left front edge, minor wear at one bottom corner. A shameless exploitation of the Wright Brothers name, who had attorneys & probably put a quick stop to it. Rare. Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. a(p)av(p)
"Capt. Charles 'Plucky' Lindbergh / Ready to Take Off on His / New York to Paris Flight, May 2-, 1927" souvenir card in monochromatic reddish purple, no post card back, pencil writing on back, corner crease, 2 long internal crease, worn corners, as is. $12.50 a*!
"CENTENAIRE DE L'INDÉPENDANCE DE LA BELGIQUE / PAVILLON DE L'ALUMINIUM -- EXPOSITION DE LIÉGE 1930" including a plane perched atop the building, sepia-tone Héliogravure from R. Protin & F. Vuidar (official), unused postcard, fresh appearance. $6.50 eba*+
"CHAS. A. ANSCHUTZ / 212 W. 53d Street / CLEVELAND, OHIO" showing the travelling salesman posed in a Wright Biplane; postcard mailed AUG 14 1912 to publicize his imminent arrival at The Hopgood Drug Store in Warren Ohio. Contact information on back & a list of the products he represented: Wm. R. Warner & Co.; Pfeiffer Chemical Company; Fred Wright, Perfumer; Mellier High Class Perfumes; The Searle & Hereth Company; Carter Family Medicines; & Kickapoo Family Remedies. This salesman really got around the state; we find many mentions of him in trade publications (such as the Midland Druggist & Interstate Druggist) when we use Chas. & Charles from 1907 to 1915. But this postcard is the only paper memorabilia of any kind we could find when we searched the Internet. Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 each or $7.25 both. a(p)o(c)pmg
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"COFFYN // MACHINE ASCENDING ©1910 E. J. GODSHALL" unused postcard with unevenly divided back, very light toning near the back edges, good edges. Seldom offered. $12.50 a(p)
"Colonel Roscoe Turner with the Thompson Trophy // NATIONAL AIR RACES Aug. 30 to Sept 2 CLEVELAND // "Lee Miles with the Louis W. Greve Trophy" the 1935 event, picturing the 1934 winners; unused real photo postcard, slight curl to the paper, trivial corner wear. $3.50 o(c)a(p)r
"Copyrighted by the Federal Engraving Co. 1910 / AIRSHIP ROUNDING THE $10,000 GOAL" unused postcard with divided back, minor rounding at the corners, light age-toning on back. A contrived image given away by 2 indications: no pioneer aviator in his right (forgive the pun) mind would fly that close to a lighthouse while making a turn, & the tell-tale cut-out outlines that the printer failed to obscure around the aircraft image. During the Hudson-Fulton Celebration, there was the caption's stated prize to aviators. This postcard was prepared in advance of an aviator accomplishing that in a Wright aircraft. In essence, this was a proof done in anticipation of that accomplishment. The way you might have seen this postcard was with the copyright statement left-justified--that is, starting towards the left. But our early trial had that statement centered. We have never seen it that way, except on the postcard we are offering now. The approximate dimensions of this postcard are 5.543" x 3.543". $16.00 a(p)le
"Dayton, O. Montgomery County Fairgrounds" showing the human American flag formed on the occasion of the Wright Celebration in June 1909; uncaptioned (so we used all the pencil writing on the back) Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard, slight oxidation consistent with age, very light album toning both sides. $15.00 a(p)o(d)f
"DELAVANS FIRST AVIATOR / PHOTO A. BASTIAND" in a detailed & close-up look; unused sepia-tone Azo (triangles up) postcard with 2 opposite corner creases, mild rounding of the corners, fairly heavy uneven toning on back. An apostrophe is missing in the caption; it should read 'DELEVAN'S FIRST AVIATOR' to indicate Delavan Illinois. This is aviator Rogers, who in October 1911 followed the line of the Chicago & Alton Railroad while traversing Tazewell County in his journey from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific. The only way we know these details is from the 'History of Washington Illinois, Sesquicentennial' book, which is a larger town also in Tazewell County. On your map, this is the leg of the Vin Fiz flight where he dropped almost due south from Peoria Illinois to Springfield Illinois; Delavan is about a third of the way. SOLD RECENTLY a(p)i(d)p
EDITIONS F. NUGERON. Two unused continental postcards reproducing early French aviation poster art. Left: "MEETING d'AVIATION / 1--25 / AVRIL / 1910 / NICE". Right: Signed art of H. L. Roowy, from their 'NOS TRANSPORTS EN 1900' Series. Both in excellent condition. $2.00 either one. a(p)p
"Eugene Heath of the American Aviators and his Aeroplane." unused sepia-tone postcard with many long thin light lines of toning on back contributed by an inappropriate album. The only mentions we could find of this aviator were in the 1911 - 1914 timeframe; he made an appearance at Uniontown Pennsylvania on July 16 1914. $11.00 a(p)
"EVERY CLOUD HAS A SILVER LINING // GET ON AN AIR SHIP AND CATCH A CLOUD 104" with art depicting an aviatrix on an unused embossed postcard with divided back, minor corner wear, toning near the upper back edge. 1911 copyright notice near the lower left front corner yields on magnification. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)
"First Auckland to Wellington Flight October 4th 1921 / WELLINGTON / NEW ZEALAND" with art in vertical format depicting the Supermarine Channel flying boat, unused continental post card in excellent condition. $1.50 na(p)*
"FLY BY AIR" a complete first series of 4 continental postcards from New Zealand, poster-style art in vertical format depicts thel Fokker FII (1920), Farman F.60 Goliath (1919), Koolhoven F.K.26 (1919) & Lufthansa Junkers F13 (191). A tiny corner bump on each, otherwise fresh. All 4 postcards for $5.00 a*
"Front View of Atwoods Aeroplane" with a crowd gathered around, unused sepia-tone real photo with spotty & ugly toning in the front sky, small upper corner crease, unevenly toned back especially in the stamp corner. Rare. $20.00 a(p) NEW / NEU / NOVA
"FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4th 1910 // Dayton, Ohio, the home / town of Orville and / Wilbur Wright, who solv- / ed the secret of aerial navigation, was founded / 115 years ago today." unused postcard from the Historical Advertising Compnay of New York, light toning near the front edges. The advertising merchant was supposed to supply a handstamp in the front area. But most if not all merchants decided not to buy a card that would only be good one day--which explains why this card is rarely seen stamped or unstamped. $12.50 a(p)o(d)ha
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"GARFIELD SCHOOL, DAYTON, OHIO. / The School attended by the Wright Brothers. School Post Card Co., Columbus, Ohio." unused postcard with evenly divided back, light toning both sides especially near the edges. Rare: in searching the Internet we found no other offers and but one exhibit, by the Dayton Metro Library. $12.50 a(p)o(d)
"GEORGE FOWLER" seated in his biplane, postcard published by Max Rigot in the Chicago Powers Building, message inked neatly over all the back: 'This is the man that started from California and had bad luck but as the paper states he will take the flight up again. Rodgers is certainly doing well they seen him when he flew over here the girls were telling me.' The aviators mentioned were competing for the $50,000 transcontinental flight prize in opposite directions. Distracting spot of yellowish-gray toning from the top border of both sides, trivial corner wear. Rare in any condition. $40.00 a(p)
"GEORGE WOODBINE / Hawker Harts at Upper Heyford" unused black & white continental post card, corner wear. $1.00 a(p). Same but light toning near one back corner. $0.75 a(p)
"GRANT - PK. AERO - MEET - 1911" more fully the Grant Park Chicago meet sponsored by the Aero Club of America & held 8/12-20/11; unused PMO (diamonds in corners) real photo with low contrast & fuzzy focus, pushpin discoloration at the front corners of both sides, toned both sides. This meet drew many aviators with a $100,000 prize fund; 2 of them met with their deaths. PMO real photos are rare; Playle's real photo identification webpage lists only 1 known from 1907. $16.00 a(p)i(c)
Group of 4 small sepia-tone photos, captioned only with people's names (Mr. Dolan, Boyd, me, Mary), album fragment from below reads "First flight...New Orleans". They are shown standing next to the biplane in 3 shots, and 3 seated in the biplane in another. All 4 postcards for $20.00 la(p)
"HAPPY ON THE WAY TO THE / EASTERN IOWA EXPOSITION / Cedar Rapids, Iowa. / ... / Iowa's Leading Event for 1911" post card mailed there SEP 15 1911 to Mrs. Susie Chase in Battle Creek Michigan by her cousin, back unevenly toned, good edges. In other more specific advertising we have seen that Wright Brothers biplanes were promised to fly every afternoon there, and prizes were offered to aviators who appeared. $10.00 a(p)i(c)
"Harry N. Atwood flying over / THE HOME OF FALSTAFF / prior to his departure for New York, / Aug. 14, 1911, using the Brewery's / Stack, the largest and highest in St. Louis, as a guide." on a windy day, judging by the smoke; unused postcard bearing the logo of LEMP ST. LOUIS over the back message area, light toning on back. Seldom offered. $15.00 a(p)bm(s)
"Harry N. Atwood on His Record Breaking Trip from St. Louis to New York 1265 Miles" with an inset portrait on an unused post card from an undisclosed publisher, very light toning both sides, good edges. Rare. $20.00 a(p)
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"AVIATOR CURTIS FLYING / GLEN CURTIS." that is, Glenn Curtiss when correctly spelled; post card with contemporary news clippings detailing his accomplishments & prize money, good edges, a little light fingerprint toning both sides.
"BROOKINS / Brookins in the Clouds // ©1910 E. J. GODSHALL" postcard with contemporary news clippings detailing his accomplishments & prize money, tiny bottom corner crease, light album toning near the back corners.
"Brooklins on Wright Biplane. / Copyright By Aram, Boston" with a date September 8 handwritten in the sky, unused postcard with 2 long creases through the upper left front corner, 2 small creases at the opposite corner, a lot of spotty toning on back obscures nothing. The spelling of the aviator's last name should be Brookins in the caption; we have seen that error slip by at least one knowledgeable auctioneer. On September 8 1910 Brookins competed for the altitude record at the Harvard-Boston Aviation Meet of 1910 and won. This card is in the style of others issued for that meet.
"JOHNSTONE / Machine in Mid-Air / ©1910 E. J. GODSHALL" post card with contemporary news clippings detailing his accomplishments & prize money, tiny bottom corner crease, light album toning near the back corners, good edges. Annotation by hand: 'Killed at Denver Nov 17, 1910". Very light toning both sides.
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"Horsens Ellehammer kommer" meaning 'Ellehammer comes to Horsens' in Danish, comic art depicting a startled public running from the impending crash of his inventor's improbable aeroplanes; brevkort mailed at Horsens -9 12 09 to Hans Jorgensen in Webster Minnesota, mild corner & edge wear, tiny ink smear in address area on back. The card itself is printed on multi-ply paperboard by Warburgs Kunst-Forlag Kobenhavn Eneret. That choice of stock is a fine-arts choice used in graphic printing to impart strength & resistance to creasing, and "to create the highest possible quality" (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paperboard) because the printer had a greater selection of coatings to use. Jacob Christian Ellehammer was a Danish inventor who is credited with the world's first air-cooled radial engine, a monoplane, a semi-biplane, a triplane & a helicopter. This is very hard to find. The only other example we know of was also postmarked in 1909. Because our postcard was cut from the left edge of the sheet, or example has more of the design showing at the left than the previously auctioned example. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. da(p)c
"Hoxsey starting on Altitude Record Breaking Flight" his Wright Model B kicking up dust & including a well-dressed crowd of spectators in the foreground; unused Cyko real photo post card, oxidation consistent with age, light toning near the back edges, good edges. Nice you-are-there kind of feeling to it. The date & location are necessarily December 26 1912 at Dominguez Field near Los Angeles California. Hoxsey would die 5 days later trying to beat his own record there. Rare. $125.00 a(p)c(d) NEW / NEU / NOVA
"Hydroplane in Flight Over Lake Worth. Palm Beach, Fla. / © Photo by Jennings Nuangola, Pa." unused sepia-tone Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard. More fully, the photographer was J. T. Jennings from Nuangola Pennsylvania, who was known to photograph races in the southern US. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)f(p)p
"If I could drive an aeroplane / And sail up through the skies, / I'd get the kind of appetite / That Campbell's satisfies // 10¢ a can // COPYRIGHT 1912 BY JOSEPH CAMPBELL COMPANY 5" advertising postcard mailed JUN 23 1912 to Miss Florence Smith in Valparaiso Indiana. Campbell's printed offer on back is for a set of six cards 'upon receipt of 6 cts in stamps'. Minor corner wear, very light toning both sides. Rare. Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. a(p)fa
"ILLINOIS STATE FAIR, SEPTEMBER 30 to OCTOBER 7, 1910 / The Thrilling Race Between Oldfield and Wright Brothers Biplane" in Springfield; unused postcard with unevenly divided back, trimmed on both long edges to fit into someone's album (sob!). At the time Barney Oldfield was the holder of the world speed record (131.724 mph), driving his 'Blitzen Benz'. Rare, so doubly unfortunate: no other offers, past or present, and no exhibitions whatever when we searched the Internet. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)i(s)r
"In nineteen hundred and sixteen / We all shall be flying--perhaps! / And racing with sea-gulls and thunder clouds / In dizzy aerial laps // ... // Then all will be joy to the chaps who fly, / But days full of fear and dread / For the common people who have to dodge / things dropping from overhead // ..." and 2 more 4-line verses giving the perspective of pioneer aviation as seen by the common man; postcard mailed SEP 5 1910 from Detroit Michigan to Mrs. M. Galley in St. Johns Michigan, trivial corner wear, light toning near the edges. Hard to find & amusing. $8.00 a(p)p NEW / NEU / NOVA
"IT WONT BE LONG NOW." real photo Azo (squares in corners) post card with all-printing on back from inventor-designer Claude H. Freese in Los Angeles California describing an aeroplane-dirigible for about 500 passengers that could be built for about $3,000,000. California-Europe time estimated at 48 hours. Many more details: 5 wings, 10 motors, gasoline carried in planes, etc. We have seen mentions of various Freese designs in the June 1926 Popular Science Monthly, the 6/29/27 Oakland California Tribune, the December 1927 Popular Science Monthly & the 5/12/30 Galveston Daily News--all with differing variants of this design--but we could not find a single example of any of them on postcard, offered or exhibited. Rare and destined for a museum. $140.00 a(p)gc(l)b
"JOHNSTONE / MACHINE IN MID~AIR // © 1910 E. J. GODSHALL" post card with legible writing over all the unevenly divided back, including 'suppose we will see people riding in the are(sic) soon...', trivial wear at 2 corners, lightly toned front. $9.00 a(p)
"KELLY FIELDS, SAN ANTONIO, TEX. / FOOL PROOF BIPLANE STARTING OFF ON A FLIGHT" white-border era post card, mailed there 1918, lightly toned front, part cancel ink on front, corner & edge wear including 1 / 5" tear not into image. $8.00 ta
"LATHAM" Hubert Latham airborne in a plane marked 16, unused Cyko real photo postcard, heavily toned back, heavily toned front. The caption is in the lower left corner in printed letters. The side view of the plane is centered on the postcard, fairly close-up with its number on the fuselage quite large. The toning on the front of the card consists of numerous small & mostly dark spots that mercifully miss the aircraft. Sold but front still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 ag
"Lieut. Foulois and Parmelee in Wright / biplane at Eagle Pass Mar. 3, 1911. Laredo to Eagle Pass 2:10" real photograph the size of a regular postcard but with blank back. This plane was lent to the US Army to patrol the Texas/Mexican border from Fort McIntosh. It accomplished the historic feat mostly at an altitude of about 2,000 feet & speed about 50 miles per hour, for a total time as noted at the end of the caption--an American record for continuous flight with a passenger at the time. To this day arguments persist about how best to patrol that border! Rare: belongs in a museum. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)m(a)t(e)
"Lieut. John Rogers making Flight in Wright Biplane at / U. S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md." post card mailed OCT 11 1914 with Balboa stamp to R. B. Allardice in Providence Rhode Island, published by I. & M. Ottenheimer in Baltimore, made in the USA, a little toning at the left back edge, trivial corner rounding. Once you realize the surname in the caption is misspelled--Rogers should be Rodgers--it all make sense. Pioneer aviator Calbraith P. Rodgers demonstrated the possibility of carrying mail by airplane, in part by delivering mail to his brother Lieutenant John R. Rogers at Annapolis. Rare, quite possibly because of the important misspelling. $20.00 a(p)m(n)g(r)
"MANEUVERS ENCAMPMENT FORT SAM HOUSTON SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS" imperfectly rectangular postcard with extensive erasures on both sides of its back, published by Dahrooge Post Card Company, small lower corner crease. Rare in any condition. $12.00 a(p)a(m)m(a)t(f) NEW / NEU / NOVA
"Model B" Wright biplane, with pertinent information on back & showing the US stamp which honored it, oversized (5"x7") post card postcard, near mint. $0.75
"MONSTER AIRSHIP COMING! / 'FLYING' DAILY WITH AL. F. WHEELER'S SHOW // PROF. PERRIOTT, / WITH THIS AIRSHIP / 'SKYSCRAPER' / POSITIVELY APPEARING IN HIS DARING / DASHING FLIGHTS AT EVERY PERFORMANCE" unused Azo real photo (triangles up) postcard with trivial corner & edge wear. The image is a real photo of a wavy circus publicity poster on which an unidentified man's image (Wheeler? or Perriott?) image has been superimposed photographically so as to advertize by postcard as well. The Circus Historical Society finds mention of a 12-week run of such shows in the New York Clipper: 7/2/10, pp. 505 & 512; and 7/16/10 p. 559. The flights were to attract a crowd to the ticket wagons selling access to the 2-ring circus. A rare image of a rare poster. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)pc
"Mr. GUSTAV HAMEL / filling up the tank of / his Morane Saulnier / Monoplane, 80 H.P. / Gnome Engine with / 'SHELL'" showing the pioneer British aviator who delivered the first official airmail & held records; unused reproduction postcard of circa-1913 [necessarily, he went missing May 1914 in this very aircraft] advertising, trivial wear at one corner, otherwise fairly fresh. $4.00 a(p)na
"MtCOOK / NEW ZEALAND / De Havilland D.H. 4" / FIRST FLIGHT OVER MT COOK / September 8, 1920" with art in vertical format depicting the event, unused continental postcard in excellent condition. $1.50 na(p)*
"No 155 Triumphs of the Air / Mr. L. I. PAULHAN writes: / I used SHELL on my flight from London to Manchester, and from / start to finish the Gnome Engine ran / splendidly / ... / 'SHELL' Motor Spirits" unused reproduction of a circa-1911 advertising postcard in excellent condition. Louis Paulhan won the Daily Mail aviation prize for that flight in 1910. $4.00 a(p)gga
"NO. 18 TOLEDO YACHT CLUB SHOWING ATWOOD LEAVING / TOLEDO FOR CLEVELAND AUG. 17, 1911" postcard mailed there JUL 23 1914 to Miss Esther Briggs in Springfield Ohio, tiny upper corner crease, a small paper separation at one bottom corner, other corners with minor wear. $8.00 a(p)o(t)
"No. C 1641.
Aeroplane at Narragansett Park, Near Providence, R. I." unused postcard
published by Blanchard Young & Company in Providence, very light album toning at the
back edges, good edges. The date was September 2 1912. The location was
over the old racetrack. The aviators were Lincoln Beachey (30 minutes,
including maneuvers such as shown here) & Miss Ruth Bancroft Law (10
minutes, the first woman to fly in Rhode Island). A crowd of 100,00 was
entertained, as reported by The Sun, a New York newspaper of the day. Rare:
when searching the Internet for this image, we only found an exhibit at the
New England Aviation History website, but no other offers, past or present.
"NOTABLE EVENTS // Indianapolis, June 14th, 1910: Brookins takes passenger up to about 800 feet / [ditto] June 17th, 1910: Brookins ascends to 4939 feet above sea-level. / Atlantic City, July 9th, 1910: Brookins ascends 6175 feet above sea-level // All the above worlds records were made with Wright biplanes equipped with Mea magnetos as sole ignition device. / Compliments of Marburg Brothers, 1777 Broadway New York" advertising postcard mailed AUG 5 1910 at Station G of New York City to Mr. W. E. Hannum in Lynn Massachusetts, corners with small creases & rounding, cancel doubled up, a few small spots of dark toning near the top back edge. The Indy events were held at the Speedway there, with Orville & Wilbur Wright making an appearance for the National Aviation Meet. Mea magnetos were mostly used on automobiles, such as the Mercedes, at that time by their German manufacturer. The Midtown Manhattan address given no longer exists; we are told a skyscraper is planned for it and the nearby locations. Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. a(p)i(i)n(a)a
"NX62E / Billy Parker" flying a 1912 Model Curtis Pusher, with an ad on back for Phillips 66 aviation gasoline, unused postcard, light toning near the stamp box & the left front border, otherwise fairly fresh. Mr. Parker was long-time manager of Aviation Sales at Phillips Petroleum Company from 1927 on. The "pusher" shown was his own successful design which first conquered the altitudes of his native Colorado, and later was demonstrated for Phillips publicity purposes. $9.50 a(p)onm
"OELMAN WRIGHT FLYER" unused circa-1910 Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard, lightly toned front, good edges. A descendant of this aeronaut founded Wright State University in Ohio. Rare. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)c(w)g(o)
"ORIGINAL WRIGHT AEROPLANE. / This was the first power-driven, may-carrying aeroplane to make a free controlled and sustained flight. / It was designed and built by Wilbur and Orville Wright and flown by them on December 17, 1903. The / aeroplane has been lent by Mr. Orville Wright. / The Science Museum, London, No. 108." unused photogravure post card by Waterlow & Sons, tiny upper corner crease. In a spat with the Smithsonian's initial assertions, this American artifact wound up overseas for a while! Do not buy an expensive print; instead, own the original card for less! $9.00 a(p)h
"ORVILLE WRIGHT and LIEUT. LAHM STARTING ON THEIR RECORD / FLIGHT - JULY 27 - 1909 Copy'gt Cramer" from Fort Myer Virginia, unused Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard with oxidation consistent with age, very light toning near the back edges, good edges all around. More fully, Lt. Frank P. Lahm was passenger when the Wright Military Flyer as loft for more than an hour, meeting the US Army Signal Corps Specification Number 486. Taken when the Wright aircraft was first being evaluated by the US Army from an historic series copyrighted by G. M. Cramer (Washington DC), who also assisted in timing some flights there. Rare. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)a(m)g(l)v(f)
"Oscar Brindley in Wright Bioplane" biplane misspelled as reported here, postcard mailed JUL 18 1912 to Miss Laura Mohr in Shelbyville Indiana, light album marks at the corners of both sides, small bottom corner crease, small scrape near the right back edge obscures nothing. This view shows him with the Wright Model B aeroplane he piloted to victory at the August 12-20 1911 Chicago International Meet. An account of his exploits is at http://www.earlyaviators.com/ Rare. $40.00 a(p)i(c) NEW / NEU / NOVA
"O! you man-bird flying high, / You'r(sic) taking big chances, up in the sky, / For there's never been one yet, t'is(sic) said, / who has'nt(sic) landed on his head" regular-postcard size printer's proof with guide marks at either front side & bottom, unevenly toned blank back, minor corner rounding. As best we can tell from an Internet search the design never made it to postcard. An interesting reflection on attitudes toward pioneer aviation & aviators. $8.00 a(p)p
"PARMELEE / PARMELEE" the first air cargo pilot, in flight with an inset portrait; unused postcard with unevenly divided back & good edges, light toning near the back edges. Rare: no other offers or exhibits found when we searched the Internet. SOLD RECENTLY a(p)f
"Phil O. Parmalee, Famous Wright Aviator / Souvenir of Oakland San Francisco Aviation / Meet Feb. 17 To 25 - 1912" including a close-up of the radiator & some of the engine of his aircraft, neat writing above the caption 'Killed at North Yakima, wash. -6-1-12'; sepia-tone Azo (triangles up) real photo with good edges, light oxidation consistent with age, initials pencilled in the message area will probably erase, 2 small spots of toning near the left back edge, rest of the back lightly toned. Rare: nothing like it found offered or exhibited when we searched the Internet. The correct spelling of the aviator's name is Parmelee, but as far as we can tell, this image with correct spelling does not exist at all. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)fw(n)
"Prairie Lake, Cameron, Wisconsin" small captioned real photo affixed over the saying "Everyone is a Dam Fool Ten Minutes Each Day; Safety Consists in not exceeding the Limit' -- Elbert Hubbard", founder of the Roycroft artisan community. Both the lake & the Village are in Barron County Wisconsin. Postcard mailed OCT 8 1910 at Cameron to Mrs. M. J. Apker in Minneapolis Minnesota. There were not many aviators in Wisconsin in 1910: Arthur Pratt Warner & Bessie Faith Raiche are the ones we know, both of Beloit. $15.00 a(p)w(p)
"Published by Max Rigot, Powers Bldg., Chicago" unused & uncaptioned (so we quote text from the back) postcard with 3 bottom corner creases (1 is long). The numbering of the aeroplane is incorrectly shown in mirror image; it is unlikely many circulated after that error was noticed. The placement of that numbering on the tail & under the wing strongly suggests that the view is from the Chicago Aviation Meet of 1911. $7.00 a(p)
"ROOSEVELT / FLYING CORPORATION" 8-inch x10-inch photograph of 4 men & 1 woman beside their autos (bearing New York 1931 license plates), all parked near a Ford Tri-Motor aircraft on Roosevelt Field, Mineola -- its headquarters & where the Roosevelt Aviation College was located. Shown. A subsidiary of The Aviation Corporation, it was at the time one of the larger aviation organizations in the world. Also, two other similar photos from different angles & with different people -- the most interesting of which is a uniformed 'Checker'. Bends & creases in the border areas could easily be matted out. Rare. All three for $100.00 an(m)n(r)
"S 219 / 'Whether it's Land, Sea or Sky' / use / POLARINE" advertising post card with Polarine logo in blue in the message area, mailed 1911 at Philadelphia Pennsylvania to Mr. J. D. Miller in Thompson Pennsylvania, just a little toning on both sides, good edges. Rare. $15.00 a(p)a
"Scene at Fair Grd. Rapids 1911. / ©" Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard with writing on back exhorting someone to write, publisher unidentified, oxidation consistent with age, small spots of dark toning in the upper back obscure nothing, good edges. On 12 September 1911 aviator J. Clifford Turpin from the Wright Brothers' Exhibition Team flew the first flight over Grand Rapids starting at Comstock Park, site of the West Michigan State Fair. The aircraft was a 2-seated Model B, prop facing backwards. Rare. SOLD RECENTLY a(p)m(g)
"SOUTHLAND / First cross-country / flight in New Zealand / Invercargill to Gore, February 20, 1914 / Caudron 'C'" with art in vertical format depicting the flight of J. W. H. Scotland from above, unused continental post card in excellent condition. $1.50 na(p)
"SOUVENIR CARD / ASBURY PARK / WILBUR WRIGHT / WALTER BROOKINS // BE SURE TO STAY AT / Hotel Colonial Frank Hewitt Asbury Park // BI=ig Airship Meet here, August 10 to 19 inclusive. Come down and watch the fliers / GET A COPY OF LIPPINCOTT'S MAGAZINE" postcard with unevenly divided back, mailed at Asbury Park AUG 22 1910 to Woodbridge New Jersey (where it was received the same day), long upper corner crease, toning near the top front edge, all corners with minor wear & rounding. Rare. SOLD RECENTLY a(p)n(a)
"SPRINGFIELD MINN. / IS ALL (W)RIGHT // WIDE AWAKE AND UP TO DATE / NO BETTER TOWN IN ANY STATE // © / FRANK SCOBIE" with a clock sign outside a furniture & undertaker store on the left side, horse-drawn wagons on the right; contrived circa-1910 Azo (triangles up) real photo post card with oxidation consistent with our estimated age, good edges, friend's message written on back. The biplane is obviously added in: no one would think of flying one so close to electric lines, and the horses would have been spooked. Photographer Scobie worked out of Sleepy Eye Minnesota & was quite prolific, but this is only the second one of this image we have seen in 32+ years of dealing! SALE IN PROGRESS a(p)m(s)p
"TAKING THE WRIGHT AEROPLANE FROM ITS SHED / Copy'gt Cramer" unused Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard with good edges, oxidation consistent with 1909 age, very slight curl to the paper no problem in any album, very light toning near the back edges, good edges all around. Taken when the Wright aircraft was first being evaluated by the US Army from an historic series copyrighted by G. M. Cramer from Washington DC, who also assisted in timing some flights there. Rare. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)a(m)v(f)
"The Highest Point of Perfection // I WILL DROP OFF / AND SEE YOU IN A FEW DAYS. SAVE ME / YOUR ORDERS FOR SAUSAGE CASINGS, / PURE SPICES, FLOUR, AND SUPPLIES OF / ALL KINDS. // MR. CONRAD YEAGER / REPRESENTING WOLF, SAYER & HELLER, Inc. / CHICAGO AND NEW YORK" post card mailed AUG 23 1909 from Chicago to H. Finders in Zanesville Ohio, small upper corner crease, stamp damaged by sender before cancellation, toning near the edges of both sides. Hard to find! $12.50 a(p)fg
The human flag, and the presentation of medals to the Wright Brothers before it during the 1909 Dayton celebration, is the sole subject of a specialized section on our Flags postcard webpage. Just click the hyperlink to visit.
"The Landing / PHOTO BY Godshall Bros. / Dayton, O." unused sepia-tone Cyko real photo postcard of a Wright biplane taking off, oxidation consistent with age, trivial edge wear, album toning near the back edges. The brothers' studio was at 1009 West Third Street; the first Wright bicycle shop was at 1005 West Third Street; & the second Wright bicycle shop was also nearby at 1034 West Third Street. The locational information is from another postcard. Rare. ON OFFER o(d)a(p)p(g)
"THE NATION, STATE and CITY WELCOME THE WORLDS GREATEST AVIATORS // DAYTON, OHIO / JUNE 17-18-1909" postcard mailed JUN 15 1909 at Dayton to Mr. John L. Smith in Germantown Ohio from both his children. $20.00 a(p)o(d)
"THE NATION, STATE and CITY WELCOME THE WORLDS GREATEST AVIATORS // DAYTON, OHIO / JUNE 17-18-1909 // THE EDWARDS LUMBER CO. / CINCINNATI, OHIO DAYTON, OHIO / Walnut, Cherry, Ash, Poplar, Chestnut / Plain and Quartered Oak / WRITE FOR DELIVERED PRICED" pre-printed message dated days earlier, punning on the Wright name & signed 'Nellie'; small spot of light toning in address area, good edges. Rare. $25.00 a(p)o(d)l NEW / NEU / NOVA
"The tanks on Mr. Grahame White's aeroplane / being filled with 'SHELL' MOTOR SPIRIT." showing the English aviation pioneer who was the first to make a night flight, circa-1913 advertising postcard, tiny bottom corner crease, a few small spots of toning in the back address area, good edges. Slightly taller than a regular-size postcard, we price it as a reproduction: the internal crease on the original, from which it is based, is simply not present here. All that said, it is still surprisingly hard to find! $4.00 a(p)na
"The Wright Aeroplane. The Wright Bothers / were the first men to fly." with unsigned art on an unused post card from the Lightning Series of Flying Machine Post Cards published by Edward Cook & Company in London ('The Soap and Disinfectant Specialists'), a lot of spotty yellowish toning on back, trivial corner wear. Examples from this series depicting aviation milestones are seldom seen; ours could not be found in other hands when we searched of the Internet. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)
The Wright Bothers Celebration parade, June 17 & 18 1909 in Dayton Ohio has a new & extensive special section of its own on our Parade Postcards webpage. Just click to visit it.
"The Wright Co., Dayton, Ohio. Latest Model of Aeroplane." circa-1912 post card mailed at Dayton to a local resident, Mrs. Gertrude Gray; minor corner wear, a lot of spotty toning on back. In the Wright State University collection; theirs is cancelled 7/17/12, which is how we got our date estimate. Seldom offered. $12.00 a(p)o(d)i
"The Wright Flyer of 1908 / CENTENARY OF FIRST FLIGHT" unused continental postcard published by the United Nations Postal Administration, near mint. $1.25 a(p)
"THE WRIGHT FLYER. / WILBUR WRIGHT" unused circa-1908 post card with unevenly divided back, minor wear to 2 corners, 2 thin stripes of very light toning in the front sky. Hard to find. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)f
Uncaptioned Azo (triangles up) postcard from an undisclosed publisher, the seated aviator smoking a long cigar. Could it be cigar-smoking Calbraith P. Rodgers? Have a look at our close-up! Bottom corner crease not into the image, chemical spots on front, light toning both sides. SALE IN PROGRESS a(p)
Unused Cyko real photo postcard showing a model biplane hanging from a clothes line, for what purpose we can only speculate (balance determination perhaps?), oxidation consistent with circa-1910 age, a few spots of light toning on back. Certainly unusual. $8.00 a(p)
Uncaptioned real photo postcard showing a biplane flying over many spectators standing on an open field, mailed at Lake City Florida MAR 2 (numeral upside down) 1912 to Miss Camille Craig in Summersville West Virginia. Messaged in part: 'This is the air ship that flew here this week.' The aviator was undoubtedly Robert G. Fowler, who had completed his historic first west coast-to-east coast transcontinental flight flying via Georgia & ending up in Jacksonville on February 8th. Fowler would have been heading back more directly west at the time of writing & Lake City is almost due west of Jacksonville. SOLD RECENTLY a(p)f(l)
Uncaptioned sepia-tone real photo postcard showing a man in aviator costume, holding a large wrench, standing next to his improbable construction of a bicycle converted to an airplane shape by the addition of wings & a tail assembly, four British Commonwealth flags atop it; unused postcard from an undisclosed publisher, light album toning on back, trivial corner wear. An improbable venture into the ludicrous. $25.00 bfua(p) NEW / NEU / NOVA
Uncaptioned sepia-tone Cyko real photo postcard with good focus & contrast, showing a group of men surrounding a Burgess-Wright hydroplane at water's edge, circa-1911. Long bottom corner crease distant from the image, good edges, 2 small white-out spots on back. Rare. $25.00 a(p)
UNIVERSAL AIR LINES SYSTEM. Unused monochromatic green regular-size postcard showing its Ford Stout (NC9069) flying low over trees & a nearby lake, seen from an even higher vantage point; airline logo on back with 1928 copyright & 'ENROUTE / From ______ / To _________' preprinted on back for a passenger's convenience, 2 light small circular indents show on back from ticket being stamped. Super rare! $35.00 a(u)a(p)
"VIEW OF LOWER NEW YORK / FROM AIRSHIP / KEY ON OTHER SIDE // High Flyers From Coast to Coast Use / LASH'S BITTERS / THE GREAT / TONIC LAXATIVE // COPYRIGHT 1911 / ..." depicting a biplane suspending a bottle from a rope; unused postcard with divided back calling out 11 features--such as the Woolworth Building, Williamsburg Bridge, Hudson Terminal Building, etc. Good edges, light toning near the back edges. $10.00 a(p)mn(n)a
FIZ COLLECTION(!) OF RARE POSTCARDS & PHOTOS
"'Waiting for Charles A. Lindbergh' W. Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA. August 3, 1927. Some / 10,00(sic--missing zero) greeted him at Bettis Field..." unused black & white post card with good edges, interesting despite the error, modern & fresh. $1.50 ea(p)
"Walter R. Brookins' Airship at rest and in flight at Grant Park, Chicago, on September 28th, 1910. Height attained about 2,000 fee. First aviator to circle over Chicago's Loop District. The following day he sailed to Springfield, 185 miles, taking the world's record for continuous flight..." unused post card with very light album marks at the corners of both sides. Rare & interesting. $15.00 a(p)i(c)
"WALTER R. BROOKINS, / WINNER OF THE WORLD'S RECORD FOR ALTITUDE, 6,175 FEET" unused postcard with unevenly divided back, paper starting to yellow with age, trivial corner rounding, lower left front corner creased twice--one small & not into the image, one long but faint. $17.50 a(p)f
Wanted to buy--postcards & photos relating to pioneer aviation at Korn Field in Shelby County Ohio. Please offer us some, priced in US dollars or Euros, postpaid to Columbus Ohio.
Wanted to buy--post cards about Hunter Brothers Aviation (John, Walter, Kenny & Albert) who once held the flight endurance world record circa 1930. Please offer us some, priced in US dollars or Euros, postpaid to Columbus Ohio. *c
Wanted to buy--postcards bearing images of pre-World War I women aviators. Please offer us some, priced in US dollars or Euros, postpaid to Columbus Ohio. *c
"Watching the Aviation in Grant Park, Chicago" conveying the excitement generated by the early International Aviation Meets held there; unused postcard published by VO Hammon, small tear in the upper edge closes well but launches an internal crease into the card that is harder to detect, minor corner rounding, light toning near the back edges. $8.00 a(p)i(c)
"Well By Gum! I hope she lands here!" an elderly farmer exclaims on seeing an aviatrix, postcard mailed MAR 17 1913 to Miss Faye Lowe in Ingalls Indiana by her cousin Pearle. Faye's name & that of a gentleman friend have been penned on front, long bottom corner crease, bottom corners well rounded, light toning both sides. $4.00 a(p)ca
"W. G. BEATTY" at the controls of his biplane; unused postcard published by Max Rigot in Chicago. The August 26 1911 Humboldt Kansas Union on page 4 reported: 'Record for duration while carrying a passenger at the aviation meet here. Beatty and his passenger were the sportsman.' He also appeared at the Chicago Aviation Meet reported in the September 1911 Billboard. Minor corner rounding, lightly toned back. This is the only image of him on any media of which we are aware. Rare. $50.00 a(p)
"When good girls go a-flying / With Guys who're fresh at all, / It's always wise to take along / At least a parasol. / 621" fanciful art depicting a young lady jumping from a biplane; unused postcard from the Aviation Comics series of 12 designs, light toning on back, good edges. Rare: when we searched the Internet, we found no other offers, no recorded sales & no exhibits of it. $8.00 ua(p)
"When You Get Back To Earth / amidst all the 'Pow-Wow / to those Smart Alec knockers just haughtily bow / With the Grace of a hero who's shown them all how / And then sing this song to them / Who's Looney Now" (the ' after Wow missing as we relate here); signed Ryan art depicting a man about to jump from a roof with a bicycle-powered flying contraption to keep him aloft, Winsch-published postcard numbered A-695 on back, unused, small upper corner crease, soft corners, very light toning both sides. Unevenly divided back so circa 1907-1908. $7.50 a(r)a(p)w
"WILBUR WRIGHT ORVILL WRIGHT / HOME OF THE WRIGHT BROS. / WRIGHT BROS. DAYTON WORKSHOP" with Orville's name incorrectly spelled as reported here; multiview post card mailed JUN 16 1909 at Dayton to Pasadena California (where address details were added by the post office), minor corner wear. $10.00 a(p)o(d)-c NEW / NEU / NOVA
"WILBUR WRIGHT ORVILL WRIGHT / WORLD'S GREATEST AEROPLANE RACES / Speedway, Indianapolis, Indiana / June 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 1910 / WRIGHT BROS AIR SHIP IN FLIGHT / WRIGHT BROS AIR SHIP READY FOR FLIGHT" with Orville's name incorrectly spelled as reported here; multiview postcard published in Dayton Ohio, unused. Rare--with or without the correct spelling. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)i(i)rf
"WILBUR WRIGHT ORVILL WRIGHT / WRIGHT BROS AIR SHIP IN FLIGHT / WRIGHT BROS AIR SHIP READY FOR FLIGHT" with Orville's name incorrectly spelled as reported here; multiview post card published in Dayton Ohio, unused, back paper yellowed a bit with age, good edges. Rare--with or without the correct spelling. Shown left. $10.00 a(p). A lesser example, large stain on front, a lot of album toning on back. Shown right. $6.50 a(p) BOTH NEW / NEU / NOVA
"Woman's Building, Live Stock Pavilion and Air Ship at the State Fair, Sedalia, Mo." unused circa-1910 postcard with unevenly divided back, published by Thomas Printing & Stationery Company in Sedalia, minor corner wear, light toning both sides. Surprisingly hard to find. $10.00 a(p)m(s)
"WORLD RECORD ALTITUDE / 11,726 Ft. AUG. 18 - 1911 // O. A. BRINDLEY / WRIGHT AEROPLANE / CHICAGO" sepia-tone real photo postcard mailed AUG 23 1911 from Chicago to Mr. John Wolff in Eyota Minnesota, both right front corners with multiple creases, spotty toning on back obscures nothing. The card is rectangular & all there; the image is just plain off-center. Rare. $100.00 a(p)i(c)
"WRIGHT AEROPLANE - / AT BATTLE CREEK, MICH. JULY 1 - 4, 1911. #378" unused Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard with low contrast, light album marks at the back corners, 2 small circular raised areas on front surface do not break the paper. In the collection of the Willard Library, Battle Creek; theirs has higher contrast & better focus, so this is apparently an early effort with the negative. SOLD RECENTLY a(p)m(b)
"Wright Biplane / 30 / Copyright applied for. U. S. Pub. House, Chicago" showing biplane numbered 33 competing over the water at the Chicago Aviation Week, August 1911; unused postcard, minor corner rounding & light toning both sides. Rare. $20.00 a(p)i(c)
"WRIGHT BIPLANE / This is the type of biplane flown by Wilbur Wright at Le Mans, France, in 1908. It contains several / improvements on the original Wright design. / The Science Museum, London, No. 109" unused photogravure postcard by Waterlow & Sons, unevenly divided back, two large thins near the top center back do not affect the front. $7.50 a(p)me(l)
"Wright Bros." the biplane turning, captioned real photograph the size of a regular postcard, 4 small spots of album paste on the otherwise blank back. Shown left. $10.00 a(p). Another captioned photo, same size & caption & back description, but this one masterfully conveying a sense of mood -- how alone they were when working, but changing history nonetheless. Excellent focus & contrast. Shown right. $20.00 a(p)
"Wright Brothers Medals / PRESENTED BY THE STATE OF OHIO / DESIGNED AND MANUFACTURED BY THE / COR. FOURTH AND MAIN STR. NEWSALT JEWELRY HOUSE DAYTON OHIO" unused advertising postcard with several creases (some long) that have ironed out pretty well. Rare in any condition. $125.00 a(p)jo(d)g(n)
"WRIGHTS AEORPLANE USED BY HOXSEY IN HIS FLIGHTS AT HALETHORPE near BALTIMORE, MD." with misspelling of aeroplane as quoted here, postcard published by I. & M. Ottenheimer in Baltimore. The meet was held in 1910. Eyewitness reports on lightly toned back: 'This one was smashed all to pieces, and Hoxsey fell 3000 feet -- Did not hurt him -- Just broke his glasses.' [They could glide down from malfunctions.] Rare. SALE IN PROGRESS a(p)m(h)
"WRIGHT'S RECORD BREAKING BIPLANE, BELMONT PARK, 1910" unused post card, small upper corner bend, all corners with noticeable rounding, grayish paper, heavily toned back. More completely the International Aviation Tournament was held 22-30 October 1910 at Belmont Park, Long Island, New York. Two different Wright planes were flown: the Model R & the Baby Grand. Other biplanes were there, such as Farnam's. Seldom offered; seldom seen. $20.00 a(p)n(b)
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