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Monaco_1280MLeMusee-200_small.JPG"1280 MONACO. -- Le Musée Océanographique (vue prise en aéroplane)." Showing an early view from an airplane, color carte postale with green back, unused, toned edges with minor wear. Note plane in upper left corner (possibly drawn in). $4.50 a(p)m

"13428.  Watching the Airship from Sears, Roebuck & Co's. Exhibit, / Illinois State Fair Grounds, Springfield, Ill." post card mailed JUL 17 1914 from Decatur Illinois to Miss Cora Luker in Clinton Illinois, 2 short internal creases near the bottom left front corner, name erased from the message area, lightly toned back. Seldom offered. $9.00 a(p)i(s)

"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. SALE IN PROGRESS a(p)en(h)b

AviationPioneer_2137_Mechanicians_small.JPG (3582 bytes)"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

"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: no other example offered or even exhibited when we searched the Internet. SALE IN PROGRESS a(p)n(g)n(m)

    "39422 / Wilbur Wright in trial flight of his Aeroplane over Governor's Island, New York Harbor, during / Hudson-Fulton Celebration, October, 1909, showing canoe carried as safeguard against water accidents" postcard with unevenly divided back mailed NOV 8 1910 at Columbus Ohio to Mary E. Robinett in Zanesville Ohio, short tear that closes well from the bottom edge, minor corner rounding, toned both sides. Rare. SALE IN PROGRESS a(p)n(g)n(m)

AviationPioneer_74Nos_small.JPG (2918 bytes)"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



"A 101 THE AEROPLANE JUST LANDED ON THE BEACH, ATLANTIC CITY, N. J." color post card mailed there 1920, trace of cancel ink on front, worn corners, brownish paper, lacks freshness. $7.50 an

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"Acrobazie collettive / Looping di 27 apparecchi / La folla / Giorno dell'Ala 1932 - X" unused sepia-tone multiview postcard with 3 scenes including a close-up of the collective acrobatics from the air & grandstand spectators, commemorating the 10th anniversary of Italian aeronautics, fresh appearance. $7.00 ai

"Aeroplane at Missouri State Fair, Sedalia." showing a Wright biplane flying close to several tents & the nearby grandstand, unused postcard published by Thomas Printing & Stationery Company there, divided back, very light toning on back due to album contact, trivial wear at one bottom corner, otherwise good edges. The Wright Brothers gave daily exhibitions during the 1910 fair there, building attendance to 100,000 for the first time in its history. Seldom offered. $20.00 a(p)m(s)

"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. $11.00 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. $10.00 a(p)n(a) NEW / NEU / NOVA

"ALL AMERICA'S PROUD // AEROPLANE RACES, Speedway, Indianapolis, Ind. / June 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 1910 // WILBUR WRIGHT  The WRIGHT AIRSHIP.  ORVILLE WRIGHT" postcard made in Dayton Ohio, mailed OCT 10 1910 at Indianapolis, messaged 'Dear Boy: - This is the machine I saw at Dayton. Papa, addressed to Ralph Hanna in Columbus Ohio, lower corner creased twice faintly, very light toning on back. Rare
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"ALL AIRSHIPS ANCHOR at the GARRET RESTAURANT / 23rd Floor / WEST & CEDAR St. / N. Y // The WRIGHT BOYS & GIRLS / LANDING AT THE RIGHT PLACE // 23 CLOUDS / to the / GARRET / RESTAURANT / Chas. A. Carrigan" postcard mailed from Clifton New Jersey to Miss Clara Harner in Paterson New Jersey. This postcard is an advertising effort of the restaurant to secure the business of those traveling to or from New York City via the Sandy Hook Route of the Central Railroad of New Jersey to various New Jersey coastal resorts. This postcard in 1909 originally had the restaurant name misspelled Garrett, but the last t was whited out in 2 places & corrected by this time of mailing, DEC 31 1913. The incorrect spelling was used in advertising only once, as best we can tell, on page 3 of the March 1909 The Suburbanite. Mysteriously that ad referred to 'The Garrett Airship' implying there was balloon service from ship to the top the building. We found no other such mentions, so if such service existed it was only for a very brief time; one accident would have been sufficient to discontinue it. Rare, corrected or not: when we searched the Internet we found no other offers, current or previously. $30.00 a(p)n(n)r(c)g(c) NEW / NEU / NOVA

AviationPioneer_AllInTheDays-p200_small.jpg pioneer aviator postcards available from Judnick.com"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. $50.00 a(p)e(w)fn

"All Roads Lead to CAFÉ MARTIN / Broadway 26th St. 5th Ave. / · NEW YORK ·" unused postcard with undivided back on thick stock, mailed SEP 29 1910 at Hartford Connecticut to Mr. H. E. Sanford in New Haven Connecticut, small upper corner crease, pencil writing on front in the hand of the sender, back paper browning evenly with age, small scrape on back affects nothing. Part of a series of ads in which various forms of transport--zeppelin, e.g.--are featured. SALE IN PROGRESS a(p)n(n)a

"A Merry / Christmas // Hold tight / on the 'Wright' Aeroplane" with the overprinted holiday message in red on a Tuck Oilette Aeroplanes postcard numbered 9935, printed in England, mailed DE 13 10 at Exeter England to Master Adrian Reed in Greencastle Indiana, all corners worn, 2 corners with small bends, unevenly toned back. It is known this is unsigned W. H. Elam art & part of a set of 6 different. Without the overprint it is seen used as late as 1916. $7.00 a(p)cca(e)

"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) NEW / NEU / NOVA

A series of 9 postcards with signed Plum 1910 art picturing elegant ladies with millinery inspired by pioneer aviators & their aircraft. From left-to-right & top-to-bottom: Antoinette / Latham; Curtis; Demoiselle / Santos-Dumont (mailed Brussel 1912); Farman (mailed France 1911); Hanriot (mailed Brussel 1910); Sommer; Tellier / Dubonnet; Voisin / Rougier; & Wright. All have a bit of album toning at the corners.
Printed on multi-ply paperboard -- a fine-arts choice used in graphic printing to impart strength & resistance to creasing; it was "to create the highest possible quality" (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paperboard) because the printer had a greater selection of coatings to use. A couple have some paper separation as a result, which is the only drawback to that kind of stock. $90.00 as a group of 9, or your choices at $12.50 each. ma(p)a(p)

"Aviator Brookins / (inspecting Engine) // © 1910 E. J. GODSHALL" postcard with unevenly divided back mailed NOV 12 1910 from Columbus Ohio, bottom corner crease, other corners with minor wear, a lot of toning in the front sky, toning on back as well. Brookins was the first graduate of the nation's first civilian flying school. We have seen his photographer's name misspelled Gadshall on an otherwise similar postcard. He was a Dayton Ohio photographer at 1315 Creighton Avenue until 1922, when he took a studio in Eaton Ohio. [Bulletin of Photography, Volume 31, page 443.] $20.00 a(p)fp

"Aviators TURPIN and PARMELEE" on an unused postcard with unevenly divided back, light toning both sides. 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! SALE IN PROGRESS a(p)c(d)c(r)

AviationPioneer_BelleIsle-200_small.JPG"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). 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

"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) NEW / NEU / NOVA

"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. $30.00 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 meeting in July 1910 when Brookins set an altitude record & Curtis set a speed record over a 50-mile course. Rare: no other offers, past or present, and no exhibitions whatever when we searched the Internet. $20.00 a(p)n(a) NEW / NEU / NOVA

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"BROOKINS IN HIS AEROPLANE / OVER ART INSTITUTE AND / GRANT PARK, CHICAGO" including the onlooking crowd, postcard mailed there 1911, corner crease. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 ai

"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. SALE IN PROGRESS a(p)av(p)

CALVERT SMITH. A series of 9 postcards depicting lovers in flying lesson situations involving improbable biplanes. All signed Calvert Smith, with 1910 copyrights for F. G. Henry & Co. N.Y, when aviation had caught the imagination of the general public. From left-to-right and top-to-bottom: "AN UNEXPECTED STOP" mailed from Boston 1910; "FLYING TAUGHT BY MALE" mailed from Milan Illinois 1910; "OUR FIRST LESSON" unused; "SKYLARKING" unused; "THE HONEYMOON" unused; "THE SAME OLD PILOT" unused; "THE SEVENTH HEAVEN" mailed Mauston Wisconsin 1912; "THE SIREN" mailed 1911; & "WE'RE OFF!" mailed 1910. Light yellowish toning on all is probably from the printing process itself, judging by similarities to the designs. Slight variations in the regular-postcard size indicate probable different printings, but all are hard to find these days. Take them all for $40.00 a(s)a(p)l

AviationPioneer_CaptCharlesPluckyLindbergh.jpg (115932 bytes)"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*!

Expos_Liège1930_PropellerAircraftOnBuilding.jpg (158309 bytes)"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*+

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"CHRISTCHURCH / FIRST INTERNATIONAL / FLIGHT TO NEW ZEALAND / Southern Cross, Australia to New Zealand / 11th September 1928" with artwork in vertical format showing Kingsford Smith flying over Christchurch's Cathedral, unused continental postcard, 3 corner bumps, attractive. $1.25 nha(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

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"Desk made of Newspaper Clippings / of Col. Lindbergh's Flight to Paris in 1927" unused real photo post card with good contrast & focus, fresh appearance. An unusual piece of furniture if there ever was one! $13.00 af

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

"ELECTRICAL SHOW, COLISEUM--CHICAGO--JAN. 15-29, 1910 / The right place to see a Wright Aeroplane and everything else that's right electrical." postcard mailed JAN 15 at Chicago Illinois to Mrs. Addie Kiplinger in Morgan Park Illinois (where it arrived later that same day!), long vertical crease through the center of the card, lower corner crease, spots of reddish toning on back, small scrape at the edge about the stamp. This was their 4th annual electrical show.
Rare. SALE IN PROGRESS a(p)i(c)e

"ELECTRIC POWER FOR MANUFACTURING WRIGHT AEROPLANES / Furnished by THE DAYTON LIGHTING COMPANY. / DAYTON, OHIO U.S.A." with an improbable grouping of 5 biplanes, postcard mailed MAR 9 1912 from Gratis Ohio, good edges, light toning both sides. $10.00 a(p)o(d)e

"ELECTRIC POWER FOR MANUFACTURING WRIGHT AEROPLANES / Furnished by THE DAYTON LIGHTING COMPANY. / DAYTON, OHIO U.S.A." with an improbable grouping of 5 biplanes, post card with handstamped advertising in purple on back for the Palace Studio on South Ludlow Street quoting some prices, good edges, spotty toning near the back edges. $10.00 a(p)o(d)ep

"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. SALE IN PROGRESS 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)*

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"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*

"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 NEW / NEU / NOVA

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"Gand / 1913 / Le grand Bassin et le Palais des beaux Arts…" with aircraft overhead, color post card from Exposition Internationale Universelle de Gand, corner & edge wear. $7.00 abe

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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) NEW / NEU / NOVA

"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)

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)

"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

"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. SALE IN PROGRESS 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!) there to tone on the back from contact with its acidic paper. 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. $10.00 a(p)i(s)r

"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

"Katherine Stinson / AVIATRIX / (WRIGHT BIPLANE)" unused divided back postcard from the Naegele Printing Company in Helena Montana, back printing is skewed significantly, small spot in the address area, good edges. Rare. SALE IN PROGRESS a(p)f

Texas_SanAntonio_KellyFields_small.jpg (5681 bytes)"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

Aviation_Pioneer_Latham.jpg (113334 bytes)"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

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"Leonardo da Vinci flying machine." well done home-made (and, hence, unique) post card mailed 1963 from Kinsley Kansas, minor edge wear, thick stock. $2.00 a(p)a(d)

"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 RECENTLY a(p)m(a)t(e)

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"Love at its Height" color postcard, unsigned art showing couple riding below a fanciful dirigible, toned back, corners worn, corner crease, couple short faint internal creases at top. $4.00 az*


"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

"M. PEGOUD / in his wonderful / flights on the / Bleriot mono- / plane with 50 h.p. / Gnome engine / used / 'SHELL' / Exclusively." unused reproduction of an advertising postcard made in Great Britain, excellent condition. Slightly wider than regular size. $4.00 a(p)g

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"MONOPLANE AT ATLANTIC COAST, NEWPORT NEWS, VA." white-border era post card, lightly toned back, small corner crease. $12.50 av

"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. SALE IN PROGRESS 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

"Mr. WRIGHT. / Wright's Biplane" unused postcard with good edges, light fingerprint toning both sides. Wilbur, of course [no mustache]. Rare. $18.00 a(p)

"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)*

"My Affinity's a Star" fantasy art showing lovers enjoying a kiss in a biplane, post card mailed AUG 19 1910 from Montreal Quebec another in that city, album toning on back, a little cancel ink on front, trivial corner wear. Writing on the wings: 'If dady(sic) only saw me now?' Only the second example of this card that we have seen. $8.00 a(p)lf

"N C R NEWS" 2 clippings each the size of a regular postcard from Volume XII (April, 1926) No. 4, showing five men who worked for the Wright Brothers in 1910-11, 'some of them worked on the plane in which Phil Parmalee on November 7, 1910 carried a bolt of silk from Dayton to Columbus, the first commercial flight in history.' In particular: I. J. Dillon, T. W. Russell, C. E. Carroll, J. B. Fryar, William Taylor, all of the Modelmaking Department. Unsung heroes of pioneer aviation that you will not find pictured anywhere else! Both for $15.00 total. a(p)gggg

"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. C 1641.  Aeroplane at Narragansett Park, Near Providence, R. I." unused postcard published by Blanchard Young & Company in Providence, album toning at the back corners, 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. SALE IN PROGRESS a(p)rr(n)

"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 RECENTLY 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. $10.00 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)

"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

"Parmalee flying.  S.F. Jan 1911." real photo post card mailed MAR 13 1911 at San Francisco to Mrs. E. M. Harris in Stockton California, oxidation consistent with age, pencil writing on back blurred just a bit, good edges. The San Francisco Call, Volume 109, Number 47, of January 1911 broke 2 stories that the Army was testing the feasibility of dropping bombs from aircraft--in particular, what type of bombs & under what weather conditions. They spelled the aviator's name Parmalee. The unidentified man in the foreground could well be Myron S. Crissy, First Lieutenant in the Coast Artillery Corps, who dropped the first bomb. Rare
. SALE IN PROGRESS a(p)a(m)c(s)

"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. SALE IN PROGRESS a(p)fw(n)

"Photo by B. O. K. / The Machine Brookins used in his High flight" in front of the Indianapolis Speedway grandstand, armed men standing before it; uncaptioned (so we use all of the writing on front) real photo postcard mailed JUN 20 1910 (SAND. & PEORIA R.P.O. cancel clearly struck) to Mr. Dana Hoch in Mulberry Indiana, personal message signed B. O. K. on back, tiny upper corner crease, small bottom corner crease, minor toning both sides. Brookins established several altitude records at various places, but this is clearly the June 14 1910 record at the First National Aviation Meet because of the cancel date & the Indy grandstand. Obviously one-of-a-kind. SALE IN PROGRESS a(p)i(i)r

AviationPioneer_RooseveltFlyingCorporation-200_small.jpg pioneer aircraft photo available from LotsOfPhotos.com"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)

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See also Aviation covers for stamp issues commemorating aviation pioneers. Shown is a commemoration of the first flight over the South Pole.


See also First flight covers worldwide. Shown is a registered 1930 first flight cover from Peace River to Carcajou Alberta.

"'Shell' / Motor Spirit / THE SPIRIT OF THE AIR" art depicts an angel flying with a can of Shell Motor Spirit, unused reproduction of an advertising postcard made in Great Britain, excellent condition. The quote mark after shell is missing. $4.00 a(p)ga

"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)

"Swift's Premium Butterine / Copyright 1910 Swift & Company" set of 6 unused advertising postcards each with an eight-line poem & art of a different airship, emphasizing worldwide acceptance of their butter substitute. Top to bottom & left to right: Miss Johnnybull of London town; Miss Deutscher Girl of Deutschland & Zeppelin; Miss Milano from Italy & dirigible; Miss U. S. American & biplanes; Miss Parley Vous of Gay Paree & Bleriot aeroplane; and the all-inclusive "No more on Mother Earth we run...". Backs have pre-printed messages in handwriting from different women. Small upper corner crease & scraped short back edge on the British. Toning near 3 back edges on the Italian. Toning along one short edge of the US & a small spot of toning in its address area. Toning along the bottom back edge of the all-inclusive. SALE IN PROGRESS apa(p)f

"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. SALE IN PROGRESS a(p)a(m)v(f)

"THE JACKSON RACING AN AEROPLANE / In the little town of Wahpeton, N. D., not long ago, was pulled off one of the most spectacular auto-aeroplane races of the / scores that have been held...It was between a Jackson car and a Wright biplane; / and the fact that the air machine--by cutting corners and not following the course--won the race..." postcard mailed DEC 20 1911 at Wellman Iowa to John Eckhardt in the same town, small bottom corner crease, minor toning near the back edges. The auto was the 1910 model carrying its regular equipment. Rare & interesting: all we could find was one recorded sale & no exhibitions whatever when we searched the Internet. $20.00 a(p)arn(w)

"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 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 / AVIATION MEET AT KINLOCH PARK, ST. LOUIS //  THE RIGHT ELECTRIC / THE BEAUTIFUL / OHIO ELECTRIC / THE CAR OF DISTINCTION" advertising postcard mailed FEB 23 1912 at Saint Louis by the Smith Automobile & Battery Company there, its advertising continuing through the entire message section of the back, upper corner creased twice, minor corner wear & rounding. For information about the meet mentioned, see the October 7 1910 Saint Louis Post. Anything about this company is rare. In searching the Internet we found but one mention: The Automobile Journal, Vol. 34, page 34. SALE IN PROGRESS a(p)m(s)aa

"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. SALE IN PROGRESS a(p)f

Three pioneer aviation art posters reproduced on near-mint post cards of regular size. Left-to-right: Konkurrenz-Fliegen der ersten Aviatiker der Weld, Flugplatz Berlin (1909) offering prize money; Doncaster England (1909) with aviators Cody, DeLagrange, Farman, Sommer, Leblon & others engaged; & Bruxelles Meeting d'Aviation (1910) under the patronage of the King. Your choice $2.50 each or all 3 for $6.75. pa(p)

"TURPIN'S Sunset Flight" showing the aviator aloft & his portrait inset, unused postcard with unevenly divided back, thick stock, very light toning near the back edges, good edges. James Clifford Turpin was a member of the Wright Exhibition team in 1910, and flew demonstrations until the group was disbanded in 1911. He then continued exhibitions of his own in a rented Wright Model C, until the death of his associate Phil Parmalee moved him to quit. Rare. SALE IN PROGRESS a(p)f

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. $20.00 a(p)f(l) NEW / NEU / NOVA

  AviationPropeller_UniversalAirLS-200small.JPG pioneer aviation postcards available from Judnick.com   AviationPropeller_UniversalAirLS_Back-200small.jpg pioneer aircraft post card available from Judnick.com 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 National Cash Register Factory, Dayton, Ohio / Aeroplane in Foreground" unused circa-1910 postcard with evenly divided back, good edges, light album marks at the corners of both sides. The only other example we could locate is in the collection of Wright State University. Rare. $12.50 a(p)o(d)i

"'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 BROOKINS" the Wrights' first pilot instructor & first man to fly a mile high; postcard published by Max Rigot in Chicago, mailed OCT 12 1911 at Saint Louis, internal crease from the right front & bottom front edges, uneven but light toning on back. SALE IN PROGRESS a(p)f

      "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 NEW / NEU / NOVA

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 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

Wanted to buy--postcards showing the Hawker Sea Fury fighter-bomber in the WWII - Korean War era. Please offer us some, priced in US dollars or Euros, postpaid to Columbus Ohio! *c

"Watching the races at the Illinois State Fair at / Springfield from the porch of Sears, / Roebuck and Co.'s Building" with biplane versus auto, unused postcard with divided back & good edges. $7.00 a(p)ri(s) NEW / NEU / NOVA

"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 / 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, small dark spots of toning on back, most of back with uneven but light toning. Rare--with or without the correct spelling. SALE IN PROGRESS a(p)i(i)rf

"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) NEW / NEU / NOVA

SAINT LOUIS / CITY OF SAINT LOUIS / ST. LOUIS (SAINT LOUIS COUNTY). "Wright aeroplane carrying Orville Wright, who has been invited to compete in the flying machine contests / at St. Louis Centennial Week" sepia-tone official Saint Louis Centennial Celebration post card from Gould Press (their number 4), messaged OCT 9 09 & cancelled OCT 11 09, slightly longer than a regular-size postcard, toning both sides. Both sides shown at the top. $10.00 a(p)m(s). Another printing with somewhat redder coloration, same size, unused with a spot of toning near the right back edge. Both sides shown in second row. Both printings are now rare. $10.00 a(p)m(s)

"Wright Biplane / Copyright 1910 G. R. Groesbeck" unused Cyko real photo post card, small scrape at the lower front edge, heavy spotty yellowish toning on back. $14.00 a(p)

"WRIGHT BROS - WILBUR & ORVILLE" with a few biographical details printed on back, unused postcard published by J. I. Austen Company in Chicago (their number A-335), good edges. $10.00 a(p)f

"' Wrights Flyer'  L. W. Bonney 'Aviator' / Wm. (Jim Gabriel, Manager / Chas M. Branham, Sec'y. // Tulsa County Fair / Tulsa Okla. Oct 16 - 21, 1911 // The / Williams Studio / Tulsa Okla." unused circa-1950 Kodak real photo postcard reprinting an original 1911 photograph that is now truly rare. We have never seen the original offered in 32+ years of dealing. Actually, we have never seen the reproduction offered either. $6.50 a(p)o(t)

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