VINTAGE KITS ANNEX 5
The anecdotal history of aviation's development has been recorded in a large part by the contemporary magazines, books, catalogs, newspapers, brochures, manuals, photos, ads, plans and similar fragile items which became throwaway discards following their temporary intended use. The term "ephemera" has been coined to describe the mostly paper artifacts which have a high mortality rate. The survivors are valuable collector pieces today(I refer you to the collectibles article on this website), sought by buffs, historians, restorers and collectors. CollectAir has a wide variety of ephemera for sale, covering aviation's significant eras. Ephemera will enhance any aeronautical collection, lending authenticity to paintings, models and other air-age artifacts. A small number of ephemera items will be offered on this website on an ever changing basis, so check back often for new listings.
You can further explore the world of ephemera by going to the website of the Ephemera Society of America and clicking on their page entitled "What is Ephemera?" Find out how many fascinating varities of ephemera exist for collectors by clicking here. Return to this page with the back arrow.
A long listing of miscellaneous ephemera items is presented at the bottom of this page.
Three items from 1959 which are brochures or leaflets for pioneering helicopter airlines - over 55 years ago.
American Airlines had a joint arrangement with Los Angeles Airways, Chicago Helicopter Airways and New York Airways for connecting links to suburbs. Los Angeles Airways flew the Sikorsky S-55, Chicago had the newer and larger Sikorsky S-58, and New York Airways used the Vertol 44B (based on the military H-21). This is a 9" x 12", two-fold, two-color brochure showing the routes and fares.
The Los Angeles Airways scheduled passenger service time table describes each heliport along with their scheduled service. 8 ½" x 14 ¾", three-fold, the time table was designed to be used as a mailer. Advertised as "The World's First Helicopter Airline."
Also included is an 8 ½" x 11" route map showing the Los Angeles Airways System with a photo of one of the S-55s on the back. The leaflet is printed in a green tone. These three helicopter airways items are available as a set for $32.50.
A terrific issue of the Douglas Airview from January 1947. The 23-page issue features a R.G. Smith painting of the Skystreak on the cover and an article by the Douglas Chief Engineer, Edward Heinemann, on the Skystreak D-558. The forward is by Donald Douglas. A wonderful cut-a-way of the Skystreak is featured on a two-page spread; the drawing is by R.G. Smith. A 3-view appears on page 6 along with additional illustrations. Besides Douglas employee's activities, the magazine also has a 3-page feature on the Cloudster, a five-place lightplane with twin engines and a pusher, center-line thrust; the project 1015 is quite attractive. Several airlines are also featured and the back cover is devoted to all the airlines flying the DC-4.
The magazine has a paper cover and the cut-a-way is in color. The Airview measures 8 ¾" x 11 ¾". Volume XIV Number 1. This Douglas D-558 issue is available for $50.00.
The class book, Eagles Log, for Primary Class 43-H at Eagle Field, California. This class trained in the PT-22. Typical of class logs, this publication is in black and white with photos of activities and all cadets, their instructors and officers. It is hardbound with card boards and has no tears or wrinkles. The cover boards are scuffed on edges and the front cover has what appears to be a tape pull on the bottom. Overall, the book is in a very good condition considering the quality of printing inherent in these class tomes. I would guess that only about 300 of these would have been printed. The size is 8 ¼" x 11". Relive primary training with these 1943 cadets for only Sorry Sold.
Posters were used extensively in wartime England; the National Archives in the UK have a large collection, much of which can be accessed on the web. The bulk of the posters were about 20" x 30" in size. Many posters have been currently reprinted and can generally be purchased for around $35.
The original posters are true ephemera as they were meant to be used, posted for citizens to view, not stored away in a drawer. Consequently, many of the original posters that have survived to this day show signs of some distress such as thumbtack holes, tape etc. These posting "wounds" add to the provenance of the poster - it was used for its intended purpose. The wartime posters were folded for shipping and storage - an original poster will show evidence of a three-fold.
Three original posters are offered here. Each poster is priced at $500.00.
The first poster shown below, the "MOTHERS let them go…," is one that I was able to find on the web. There were several posters aimed at the safety of children. The fear of war in 1939 caused nearly a million children to be evacuated from London to the countryside as war was officially declared on September 3rd. London was not bombed in the fall of 1939 and by Christmas, many of the evacuated children were back home. German bombing did commence in 1940 and wartime posters urged parents to send their children to the safety of the countryside. A "Children's War" exhibition at the Imperial War Museum tells the children's story and looks at every aspect of the war as children experienced it. This poster is marked as number 51-9946.
The "Join the Crusade" poster below shows signs of tape although it is in good condition for it's "used" condition. This poster must be relatively rare as I was unable to find any mention of it on the web. It is numbered 51-7721. Interesting image with the burning cross, not an image that would be found acceptable to the politically correct crowd today.
The poster below, "A Message from Britain," was obviously intended for use in the U.S. although it is possible that this message was also used at U.S. military installations in England. The "third winter of war" would indicate a 1941-42 era poster - a 70 year-old item. Again, I was not able to locate any web information on this rare poster; it is number 51-2334. The poster does not show signs of being posted.
The Captain "Jet" promotion for the StromBecKer Model-Makers Club was the subject of a 1953 comic book-style handout available at kit dealers. The story line is shown below - note that some adults are shown on the cover, but the story centers only on the target youth who, in the end, receives the approbation of his father and "Mr. Jones at the bank." The center six pages are a catalog of models - the ship model page is pictured. Note that there are no girls in this piece.
This comic book style brochure measures 3 1/4" x 7 3/16" and is in fine condition. A 60 year-old brochure for only $35.00.
Some of the storyline pages of the brochure are shown below.
The May 1951 issue of FLYING magazine featuring "This is Your New Air Force"; a large issue of 182 pages. Lots of photos, many in color. Section entitled "Planes of the United States Air Force" consising of eleven pages of facts and photos. Back cover is a Cessna ad for the L-19. An excellent issue smack in the middle of the Korean War. Own this magazine for only $10.00; condition is VG.
This 8" x 10 3/4" booklet has 48 pages and covers the schedules of all the airlines doing business in 1931. Did you know that there was a Trump Airways? This single document has a wealth of information about the fledgling airline business of 1931 with dozens of airlines listed, from the smallest air ferry service to the major air carriers, a few still in business, many not here 75 years later as is the case with T&WA and Eastern Air Transport shown below.
Invaluable original material for the airline buff. This soft-cover document is in excellent condition with no markings; a slight fold down the center as it was once folded over as you would to carry in a coat pocket. The price of this vintage airline schedule compilation is $195.00.
A group of airline time tables from around 1969; most of these airlines are no longer in business. Check your flight for only $7.00 for the group.
Route maps to extinct airlines around 1969. Own this set for $3.00.
Two-page autographed and signed letter, with envelope, by Oberst Erich Hartmann, known as the "Blond Knight of Germany"; he ended World War II as the world's highest scoring fighter ace, destroying 352 enemy aircraft. He was with JG 52 from mid-1942 through the war's end. He flew various Bf 109 models and finished the conflict in a Bf 109K. Read the excellent biography, "The Blond Knight", or many other references concerning his career - extraordinary, considering he spent about ten years in a Soviet prison camp following his capture at war's end and then rejoined the modern Luftwaffe (Bundesluftwaffe) flying F-86s and commanded JG 71; he retired in 1970. Now deceased, Hartmann died in 1993 at the age of 71. This letter was written on April 14, 1971, soon after his retirement, and concerns the number of letters that he has received since "Blond Knight" was published and also regarding his uniform and his need for one as a reserve officer and his upcoming visit to the U.S. for reunions and air shows, May 16th to June 6th - written to a U.S. citizen, William R. McClure. Excellent condition with very bold complete signature as shown below. Envelope includes his return address label on back. $950.00.
Hartmann signed a number of prints, usually about 500 to 1000 editions, most for Robert Taylor scenes, and his signature carries significant cachet for any print. However, compare this absolutely one-off hand-written letter to individual signatures and I'm sure you will agree that there is a vast difference in collectibility. No other collector will own this personal letter.
CollectAir, in partnership with Raider's historian Ted Briscoe, presented an afternoon with three of the famous Doolittle Tokyo Raiders followed by a dinner and discussion; this occurred on November 11, 1995. In conjunction with this event, a program was printed which carries the original autographs of three Raiders: Brig. Gen. Everett "Brick" Holstrom (now deceased), pilot of Crew #4; Col. Henry "Hank" Potter (now deceased), navigator for James Doolittle's Crew #1; and Lt. Col. Frank Kappeler (now deceased), navigator for Ross Greening's Crew #11. Several of these signed programs are available, consisting of 4 pages, 8 1/2" x 11".
Page 3, shown below, carries a short bio of each of the three Raiders along with their autographs.
A valuable addition for any Doolittle Tokyo Raider collection, this very limited edition, signed program (printed for the dinner attendees only) is available for only $25.00. You will pay many times this amount for Raider signatures on prints which are far more common than this unique program.
As of August 2010, there are seven surviving members of the original eighty Doolittle Raiders. You can read about the Raiders and view a list of survivors by clicking here.
Updates: Co. William Marsh "Bill" Bower, DFC, the last surviving pilot of the "Doolittle Raiders" died on January 10, 2011 at the age of 93. There will be a reunion in 2012 at the National Museum of the Air Force. You can read the details of this reunion by clicking here for the museum. Use the back arrow to return to this page.
Update March 2013: Thomas Griffin, 96, died on April 18, 2013. There are four remaining Raiders as of this date.
Update: There will be a last toast at the Air Force Museum on November 9, 2013. Information is available at the AF Museum website.
Update: January 2015. Edward J. Saylor, the engineer of the 15th aircrew that participated in the famous 18 April 1942 Doolittle Raid on Japan, passed away at his home on January 28, 2015. His crew bombed targets in Kobe and had to ditch its aircraft near the Chinese coast after the raid. Saylor stayed with the Air Force after the war, retiring in 1967 with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.
Update:March 2015: Robert L. Hite passed away on March 28, 2015 leaving only two surviving crew members.
During World War II, the Kellogg company put a paper model in every package of PEP cereal. The models were very simple and were punch-out die-cut so youngsters didn't have to drag out the scissors (don't run with them!). The models were all "War Planes" and printed in two-sided, two-color with instructions on the 5"x7" card. The Sikorsky VS-300 helicopter is shown below. Click on the image and you can print out the PDF for both sides. The die-cut lines can be seen and used as a guide to cut out the model parts.
The original PEP VS-300 model, pictured above, may be purchased for $15.00.
Posters, in many forms, are good examples of ephemera. Usually, a poster is intended to be used for a short term display to advertise an upcoming event, an inexpensive means for training, or a means to display a message - the common material for posters is paper and because of the fragile nature of the article and the cheapness of the poster itself, it is not surprising that the useful life of a poster is rather short. Most posters are printed as "throw-away" items and are used everywhere from commuter trains to post offices . "Art" posters are somewhat different, in that they are mostly sold cheaply as "thumbtack" decorations, to be found in every dorm room, on garage walls and show up with regularity at yard sales and dumpsters.
The military has always been a significant user of posters, particularly for safety issues and training. Posters allow the message to be refreshed often and distributed with ease. During WW2, posters were a major training aid for recognition schooling and ongoing education at the unit level, from barracks to shipboard. The Friend or Foe? Museum at CollectAir has many recognition posters in the collection, some of which are displayed on the training room walls. The photo below shows one corner of the WW2 training room. A target kite featuring a Fw 190 stands in the corner; two recognition "Answer" posters are tacked to the wall ( a museum "trick" - the valuable posters are mounted in mylar sleeves which in turn are tacked to the wall). These 1943 color posters, each 11" x 14", are some of the few recognition aids printed in color. Nicely done with artistic graphics, each poster has a small flap which may be raised to reveal silhouette views of the aircraft being quizzed. WW2 photos show these posters in use aboard warships.
The posters carry the "NAV PERS 20108" designation and were printed by the "U.S. Government Printing Office - 0 - 564063." Fortunately, duplicates of these posters have been obtained and are offered for sale by CollectAir. Duplicates of the two posters shown in the museum, numbers 6 and 12, are presented below; each poster is in ready-to-show condition with an intact "answer" panel. Each has a small stain at the top, probably from sort of oily substance when in storage all these years since 1943. The posters have never been mounted and have no holes in them. Each vintage and rare poster is priced at $57.50, only about twice what you would pay for a poster-print at a modern poster shop.
Collection of 13 different beautiful vintage Pan Am First Class Menus from 1983, each featuring a stunning watercolour cover by John T McCoy. Subjects are listed below, along with a pictures of a typical menu. Good condition with minor wear and edge fading on a few; prints can be handsomely framed. Each menu is approximately A4 sized, 8 ½ x 11 inches, in single folded format containing an extensive drink and beverage menu on a tipped in sheet. Georges Duboeuf Fleurie anyone? Or perhaps a Cognac Camus Napoleon?
Pan American's first passenger flight Key West to Havana, Cuba, January 16, 1928. Fokker F-7
The price for this outstanding set of 13 Pan Am menu prints is only $55.00.
Celebrate the historic Pan Am airline and its decorative menus by this original Pan Am seat belt. Probably a generic type which was used on numerous airplanes, this belt appears to be new. Fasten your seat belt! The ticket cost for this flight is $150.00.
The May 23, 1949 issue of Aviation Week featuring articles on the new XF-90, XF-91, French Air Show at Grand Palais, the all-metal Cessna 140, an ad for the Martin Mercator, Piper-Stinson '49, GE J47 and much more. Review aviation over 60 years ago for only $12.00.
This photo of Douglas Corrigan was taken of Corrigan as he sat in his Curtiss Robin "B" airplane used for his 1938 flight to Ireland (refer to Aviation Books page for Corrigan information). The photo measures 2 ¾" x 4" and is signed in ink.
The photo is back stamped with "ERIKSON The flying photographer San Diego, Calif." Henry A. (Jimmy) Erikson (1884-1962) was born in Finland and began photography in 1900. He was the first man to photograph San Diego from the air as early as 1911. Erikson was a very active photographer who recorded many aviation "firsts" and documented San Diego, both from the air and on the ground. His many photos are in the archives of numerous San Diego institutions including the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the San Diego Historical Society and the University of San Diego. Erikson served in the United States Air Service from June 1917 to January 1920, first as an Observer, then as a Pilot in 1919. His biography is included in the 1922 Who's Who in American Aeronautics, published by Aviation magazine. At that time his location was listed as the Hotel Del Coronado; later documents list his address as 68 Barrow Block, San Diego.
Own this Corrigan signed photo by Jimmy Erikson for $85.00.
The article presented below covers some of Corrigan's 50th anniversary celebration of his "wrong way" flight; this happened in 1988.
Wrong Way Corrigan was honored at the 1938 Air Races.
A group of "Flying Circus" models by Nabisco, dated 1948. Nabisco printed a series of flying models on the shredded wheat separator cards. 24 flying models were issued along with numerous information cards on "how to" make, decorate and fly the paper models. The following card from that series shows the entire series:
The XB-47 card, 3 15/16" x 7 3/8", shown below, is typical of the style of these cards. Note that the card models were designed by Wallis Rigby, a famous British designer of paper and card models.
These original separator cards are cheap cardboard, grey in color, but heavy enough to make a creditable model. If you would like to print out a card for the Lockheed P-80, along with an information card showing how to make the model, you can access a PDF file by clicking here.
Wallis Rigby is quite famous for his many lines of paper models, from ships and trains to actual rubber-powered flying models. He was written up in many publications from the 1930s through the 1950s. At one time there was a Rigby Paper Model Club but the website has vanished; however, paper models and information on Rigby can possibly be viewed by clicking here.
Included in the group being offered are 12 information cards and 22 of the 24 airplane cards - missing numbers 6 and 24. The cards are presented in an album with separate pockets for each card. This group of original Nabisco Flying Circus cards is available for $Soory Sold.
Aviation was at the starting line for the "Golden Age" in 1931. The Great Depression certainly weeded out a number of fledgling airplane manufacturers but enthusiasm for the age of flight was never more. Airlines had begun real passenger service just a few years before and the industry was promoting the future of aerial travel and sport. Compared to postwar activity, the aviation field in 1931 was insignificant but the whole aura of flight had captured the nation's attention with promises of unparalleled travel and sport flying. Particular attention was paid to youth as the impressionable youngsters reveled in the flying heroes of the day and were bombarded with film serials, books, model airplanes, radio programs, magazines and commercial promotional items, all relating to the world of flight. Many corporations latched on to the airplane craze and used flying , in many ways, to further sales of their products, from gasoline to breakfast cereal. 1931 was an auspicious year for me as well, as I made my entrance in Chicago.
The Quaker Oats Company, in Chicago, coat-tailed on Jimmie Cagney's role of pilot in the Warner Bros. film, Devil Dogs of the Air with promotions and premiums aimed at flying; after all, Cagney trained for "Devil-Dog" flying by eating Quaker Oats! - according to the advertising.
The free items shown below could be obtained with a few trade marks from Quaker products. Just imagine how excited a youngster would be in anticipation of receiving any of these superb premiums!
By sending in 3 Quaker Oats or Mother's Oats trademarks, a wannabe pilot of tender age could obtain Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker's endorsed, fully illustrated, 108-page book, How to Fly. Quaker entreated, "Boys/Girls! If you want to be fit of adventure like Jimmie, get acquainted with Quaker or Mother's Oats. Have Mother serve it every morning. Its yeast vitamin B helps make calm, steady nerves, good appetites and combats constipation." The booklet includes advertising for Quaker Puffed Rice and Aunt Jemima Pancake Flour with "that Old Plantation flavor."
This booklet is presented as a ". . .complete SCHOOL OF FLYING in picture, diagram, and simple explanatory text." The author, J.M. Richardson, was a lieutenant , flying in the World War on the Front. A few sample pages are shown below.
Get in on the Golden Age of Aviation and learn how to fly with this exciting, 108-page book for only $75.00.
Dr. Stan Hill was a long time resident of the Santa Barbara area and a life-long builder and designer of free flight models. Beginning in 1942, Stan developed a series of high thrust line models under the theory that with the center of thrust, CG and center of drag nearly on the same line, the tight and, therefore, power wasting spiral climb of pylon ships would open up to a loose one-turn in five seconds and rate of climb would double. The original model was designed for FAI Competition in the 1950's. Stan's wife, Sandy, designed models and was a Wakefield contestant. Stan attended the 1953 World Championships in England and took 6th place (of 48 contestants) in the power event. Stan also built full scale homebuilts at his mountain home; he died in 2008.
Stan gave me several items from the 1953 Wakefield, including a menu which has been signed by about 14 of the attendees, including many great names in modeling. The winner of the Wakefield event (a formula rubber power contest) was an American, Joe Foster. Joe signed the menu; his model is described below from an article in the Aeromodeller magazine. See how many of the names that you recognize.
The U.S.A. won all four International contest championships at Cranfield in 1953. The team took the Wakefield, F.N.A. Team Trophy, the F.N.A. (F.O.M.), and the Fanjo Kluz (Team Power) trophies. Note that the winners, Joe Foster and David Kneeland, signed the menu.
Paper Schuco catalog for the complete 1959/60 line of German Schuco toys. The catalog measures 14.8 cm x 21 cm and has 16 total pages, all in color. The catalog text is all in German. Page three has the "5600 Schuco-Elektro-Radiant, 4-mototiges Verkehsflugzeug (Type Vickers Viscount)" Lufthansa airplane, priced at DM 29.95; this jewel would be worth a bunch in today's toy market. Check out these Schuco toys for only $25.00.
Zoom, The Airplane Card Game, by Whitman Publishing, predates the many manuals and card sets of WW2 sold to the civilian market for aircraft recognition purposes. Prior to Pearl Harbor, there were numerous books, both adult and youth oriented, which pictured military airplanes and this 1941 card set game was part of that publishing effort to capture the public's infatuation with air power. A total of 36 cards, each card representing a military airplane with many countries represented, from Norway to China. The game box measures 3 ¾ x 4 ¾ inches and is complete with no tears or breaks; some scuffing on lid edges and slight discoloration on printed lid. This attractive card game from 1941 is available for $87.50.
Here is a superb snapshot of late 1930s history, particularly for the aviation buff. The cover features Donald Wills Douglas and the article under the "Transport" section explores the new pressurized Douglas DC-4 which is expected to fly during the week for the first time. The development of the DC-4 is examined along with the history of Donald Douglas; Chief Engineer Arthur Raymond and Test Pilot Carl Cover are pictured. A 2-page article, "Soldiers in the Sky," looks at the latest airplanes in the Air Corps inventory; ramifications of the newly formed GHQ A.F. are mentioned with quotes by Major General Frank Andrews. A diagram shows the recent G.H.Q. Air Force Maneuvers. The Nazis are in Czechoslovakia, Japanese offensive in China, the Spanish Civil War and more - all in this issue! Child movie star Shirley Temple has her poster featured which she painted for the Post Office Department's Air-Mail week. Great ads include "White Label" scotch, Texaco rest rooms (registered no less), The White Motor Company, Coca Cola, SPAM, Firestone, Camels, Cadillac Fleetwood, White Rock Water (to be used as a whiskey mixer, not as a walk-around drink in your backpack), and a center spread for the new 20th Century Limited streamliner of the New York Central System (steam). Enjoy the nostalgia that this issue exudes, all for only Sorry Sold - a real time machine that will transport you back to 1938.
Thirty Years of Service A 1955, 66 page soft cover booklet, 6" x 9", covering the first 30 years of TWA history. The opening page sets the tone of the publication:
The booklet starts with Western Air Express, the "first predecessor company of TWA." A Douglas "Cruiser" is pictured (actually the M-2 Mailplane). A scene of WAE at Vail Field in 1926, painted by Michael Boss, and entitled "Montebello: Moonlight Over Vail Field in 1926," can be viewed on the Original Aviation Art page (see Links in left column at top).
This booklet is in excellent condition and is priced at only $1 per year, or Sorry Sold. Some typical content is shown below, a portion of page 24..
A TWA promotional brochure printed in 1966. Sixteen pages, the two-color brochure shows the airplanes used during TWAs four decades of flight and offers facts about jet flying. The brochure measures 5 ½ x 8 ½ inches. As a bonus, a pair of childrens TWA wings from that era will be included. This brochure was intended for passengers. Yours for Sorry Sold pp.
A 1967 General Dynamics publication to give a quick reference to FB-111 information. The manual includes info on systems, avionics, operations, armament, maintainability, history, instruments, controls, crew module and much more. Several fold outs are included. Each page measures 4" x 8" and there are a total of 117 pages. Many drawings and photographs are used. A quality loose-leaf binder has a plastic cover. This excellent FB-111 reference manual, LTP12-19, is from 1967. This item is priced at Sorry Sold.
Also available is a paper copy (8 1/2" x 11"), in b&w, of a 1966 presentation by General Dynamics which details the features and systems of the various models of the F-111. This loose leaf document consists of 60 pages. The first page is a photo of an F-111 tail number 39773 with a caption, "FW/66/100/504-7959 10 May 1966." This General Dynamics promotional material is available for $25.00. A typical page is shown below.
Douglas printed a special issue of Airview, the in-house magazine, in December 1942; the Douglas Dauntless SBD dive bomber was featured. The SBD was the main weapon against Japan during the carrier battles of 1942 in the mid-Pacific. The Airview is about 8 ¾" x 11 ¾" in size and has a color cover and back cover. This particular magazine has a card stapled to the front cover - an employee's name, Roy C. Agren, is printed along with his badge number. A message from the manager of the El Segundo plant is printed on the card. Click on the back cover image below to see the front cover of this unique issue.
Many combat photos are included in the magazine. The photo below is shown on page 18 and it's caption merely mentions that carrier landings are a "tricky business." Coincidentally, there is a photo on page 23 of an SBD which has veered off to the left and is resting on the catwalk (prop still turning) - same airplane ten seconds later?
You can own this wonderful issue for only $35.00. It is in excellent condition.
A wartime issue of the Douglas Airview, an in-house magazine for employees. The March 1943 issue features articles entitled: "El Segundo Wins the E," "Douglas Town on the Mojave," "Skytrains in Africa," "New Guinea Skytrains," "Melody in 4-F," "With the Flying Tigers," "Down the Alley," and "Accomplishment Comes with Ideas." The plants at Santa Monica, El Segundo, Long Beach and Tulsa are covered. Douglas news, "With Douglas Around the World," and the Annual Report are also presented. This 42-page magazine is in excellent condition and carries the signature of an employee, Roy C. Agren, on page 3. Note the now politically incorrect poster on the back cover! For those of you who weren't there, feelings ran pretty high in WW2 and an enemy was an enemy.
This 1943 industry magazine can be purchased for $30.00.
This extra large publication (cover shown above), measuring 12 5/16" x 19", consists of 44 pages of photos and paintings of aircraft from the R.A.F. and the Fleet Air Arm, plus U.S.A., Germany and Italy; these illustrations are from The Illustrated London News. Published in 1941, the above quote is carried on the inside front cover as Britain is recovering from the German aerial siege of 1940 and the danger of invasion by German forces. Printed in the same style as the sepia rotogravure section of the "News." The centerfold has "The Air Might of Great Britain: A comprehensive picture of aircraft types in use with our various air arms." This centerfold painting has about 60 airplanes depicted. The publication is in excellent condition with intact covers and undamaged pages with the exception of a slight crinkle at lower spine area; the centerfold page is loose from the staples. A typical set of pages is shown below.
Seventy years later, this exceptional document is in remarkable condition and tells the story of England's air forces in 1941 - far from what will represent Bomber Command's inventory in 1943-1945 and only the early models of fighters along with many biplanes. No Lancaster, Halifax, Stirling, Typhoon etc., all yet to come after 1941. A few early models of American aircraft such as the B-17, B-24, Lightning, Buffalo, P-39, P-40, SBC-3, B-25, A-20, Wildcat, Catalina, DB-8A-5, and Maryland - many of which were unsuccessful as combat aircraft in their early configurations.
Imagine yourself in London following the Blitz of 1940 - looking through this gallery of warplanes must have given a certain degree of encouragement to the beleaguered citizenry. This outstanding piece of British publishing was sold for Three Shillings and Sixpence. Today you can add this historical document to your library for $150.00.
A Cessna Model 150 Owner's Manual for the 1967 150. This manual was sold by Cessna through their service and publications department; this manual was printed in 1973 and is a genuine Cessna product which is priced at $25.00.
Also have for sale a rare, original 1957 Cessna 172 Owner's Manual (not a reprint); includes an AOPA decal, a NAA decal and a CAA "Flight Plan" form ACA-398 dated 7-58. Sorry Sold.
A 1954 booklet commemorating the dedication of the San Francisco International Airport. This 64 page booklet tells the story of the beginnings and development history of the airfield at the Mills Estate, commencing in 1926. This booklet is unmarked and in excellent condition. The illustrations below are from the booklet. Price for this SF history is only Sorry Sold.
The Greenwich Workshop heavily promoted aviation art in the late 1980s with artists Frank Wootton, Keith Ferris, Wilson Hurley and Bill Phillips, all recognized top artists; a little later Craig Kodera was included in their print releases. As one of their promotional items, a briefing portfolio was used as a mailer; it included an excellent aviation art overview in the form of a "target" briefing and fourteen print sell sheets, all collectibles today. This original briefing package, including the mailing envelope, is available for $25.00.
Model aviation magazines such as Flying Aces, Model Airplane News, and Air Trails, in their various formats and titles from 1932 issues,for some,through 1944 and newer. These old model magazines contain wonderful 3-views and information on full scale aviation as well as models. Excellent nostalgia at good prices. Check the old ads and wish you had a time machine! Prices run from $15 for the 1932 through 1936, $10 for 1937 through 1944, $8 for 1945 through 1949 and $6 for 1950s issues. I can't guarantee any particluar year/month, but will search issues and try to find the issue that you are looking for. Shipping charges for magazines will be "as charged" by the USPS.
A 49-pge booklet, 5 ½ x 7 ¼ inches, written by Roger Q. Williams, dated 1947. One of a series of booklets on aviation humor, wisdom and oddities. The booklet is filled with sketches by Art Brewster.
This vintage booklet of aviation wisdom is autographed by Roger Q. Williams, and inscribed and dated 1965. It can be yours for $22.00.
A rare aviation reference book from 1931 is offered on Aviation Books page - this book includes a number of airway maps. A duplicate of one of these maps, Flight Service Map No. 16, is available separately. The Foreword of the book begins:
The book has 21 Mercator projection flying maps covering the entire country; there are 75,000 miles of plotted Magnetic Courses covering all official and non-official airways, both in tabulated form and printed on the maps. There is a "Blind Flying and Radio Bearing Flying" section, meteorology, Department of Commerce regulations, listing of all airports and emergency landing fields and a buyers guide. The book has 424 pages along with a map folder which contains all twenty-one flying maps. A true one-stop aviation guide dating to 1931.
A high resolution section of the Flight Service Map No. 16, covering Dayton, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Louisville area can be viewed by clicking here. Use the back arrow to return to this page.
This unusual and original aviation map from 1931 can be purchased for Sorry Sold.
Airline Memorabilia. This Boeing 247 brochure was printed by United Air Lines to promote its new B247 and it describes the airplane and the routes. "'Three-Mile-A-Minute'Boeing transport as displayed at the 1933 World's Fair." A 2-fold brochure with picture and info with specs and route on back. It measures 3 7/16" x 6 5/32" before folding. 1933-34 United Air Lines material and is priced at $40.00.
An original UAL ticket envelope from August 10, 1949 for a Seattle to Vancouver round trip flight. Envelope contains tickets, postcards, baggage tags etc., all in excellent condition. Although the DC-6 Mainliner is touted, the ticket is for a DST.
This terrific example of airline travel in 1949 is available for Sorry Sold.
The masterful artist, Bill Phillips, was commissioned by the USPS to do a series of aircraft stamps which came out in about 1998. The paintings used for the twenty stamps were also printed on jumbo size postcards and sold in sets of twenty by the post office. This set of twenty cards is offered here for only $Sorry Sold.
Each card has been stamped with a 33 cent stamp and postmarked at the Wings & Wheels Station in Topping, Virginia. Own a magnificent airplane image by Bill Phillips for only seventy-five cents! The U.S. Air Force bonus postcard, as mentioned on the package, is not included.
A pre-WWII Comet catalog from 1940/41 featuring the full line of Comet models, from five-cent solids to the famous Comet Sailplane and Zipper gas models. Also included are engines and accessories, race cars, railroad, ship models, and the complete StromBecKer solid kit line. A wide range of flying models, scale and contest - see "Sparky" below. Sixty-four pages of great stuff - the Comet line before the Speed-O-Matics hit during WWII. 5 3/8" x 7 3/4". A great piece of modeling nostalgia for only $SORRY SOLD.
A 1950 copy of the terrific British model magazine, Aeromodeller. This April issue is chock full of model goodies - the vintage magazine is uncommon in the U.S. A flying model of the S.P.A.D. S-7C1 Scout spans four pages including a cutaway drawing of the completed model; a portion of the plan is shown below.
Full page ads for Mercury, Halfax, FROG 500, Veron, E.D., ECC, Raylite, H.J.N., Solarbo, Keil Kraft, along with numerous smaller ads, enhance the memories associated with this prolific modelling era. Lots of articles including a 2-page spread on the Wildcat diesel engine with 3-view, photos, performance curve, specs and general construction data. U-control, gliders, New Zealand, Airfoil sections, Model News, indoor, fuels, building tips, and a 3-view of the Auster Autocar are some of the topics covered. A nifty magazine for Sorry Sold Generally in excellent condition throughout; cover is torn in the fold at the lower spine - no repairs.
James Crawford Angel, born in August 1899, became famous for his claim, in 1933, that he discovered the highest waterfall in the world in Venezuela, while flying over the interior. Other explorers in the region had probably also "discovered" the falls, but it was Jimmie Angel that got not only the credit, but the honor of having the falls named after him, "El Salto Angel," or "Angel Falls."
Jimmie Angel's world-wide adventures and exploits are in the "Indiana Jones" category, far too much for this brief summary. A google search will bring up Angel information. Also, you might enjoy an interview with Jimmie Angel's niece, Karen Angel.
From the web: "Angel was working as an aviator guide in the Gran Sabana for the Santa Ana Mining Company of Tulsa, Oklahoma in the fall of 1933 with mining official D. H. Curry and Mexican co-pilot and mechanic Jose Cardona. While on a solo flight November 14, 1933, Angel flew into Devil's Canyon and saw for first time what was to eventually become known to the world as Angel Falls. Due to ceaseless heavy rains, Curry and Cardona quit the area without seeing what Angel referred to as his "mile high waterfall. The name Angel Falls came about during a Caracas reunion in 1937 of Angel and his friends, American petroleum geologist I. F. "Shorty" Martin and Venezuelan civil engineer and expert outdoorsman and mountaineer Gustavo (Cabuya: "String") Heny. They were talking about the waterfall and when they didn't have a name for it, Heny suggested the name Angel Falls; using Jimmie's last name because it was he who had made it known to the world."
Jimmie Angel and Angel Falls became better known to the world as the result of his October 9, 1937 landing of El Rio Caroni, his Flamingo airplane, on Auyan-tepui (mesa), above the falls, in search of McCracken's river of gold. This near-disastrous excursion to the isolated heights above Angel Falls left his damaged airplane on the Auyantepui until 1970 when it was brought out by first a FAV Bell UH-1H and a C-123; the airplane was restored and is currently on outdoor exhibit at Canaima, Cindad Bolivar Airport. At present, a Cessna Grand Caravan flies sightseeing trips over the falls from Canaima; a number of lodges around Canaima cater to travelers seeking adventure and a glimpse of the falls.
In his later life, with the family growing and the children needing a stable place to live, Jimmie and his family returned to the United States, during 1954. They settled in Santa Barbara, California, and lived there for two years. Angel died in December 1956 as a result of injuries suffered in an airplane crash.
A significant historical artifact from the life of Jimmie Angel was left in Santa Barbara during the 1954-56 stay. The all important "Pilot's Identification Card," issued by the Department of Commerce for James C. Angel , become the property of a local pilot who must have been a friend of Jimmie; this pilot's card is now being offered here for sale. The card was issued on April 1, 1928 which "accompanies Pilot's License No. 1987." The card carries Jimmie's signature, photograph and is signed on the back by Captain Gordon Armitage. This card was issued less than one year from the date of the first pilot's licensed issued in the U.S.; William P. MacCracken, the first federal regulator of aviation, also has the distinction of being the first recipient of a pilot's license to be issued by the U.S. Government which was issued on April 6, 1927. Photos of the card are shown below. Note that this Form R-19 was printed in 1928.
This outstanding, one-of-a-kind piece of history is available for Sorry Sold
A real neat portfolio of Convair aircraft lithographic reproductions of photos. This is the original mailer/portfolio sent to Sunnyvale, California by Convair. The address side states, "Here are the Convair aircraft photos which you asked for. Captain Convair" Complete with seven 8 1/2" x 11" color reproductions including the 340, T-29B, B-36, XF2Y-1 Sea Dart, F-102, XFY-1 VTO and the R3Y-1 Tradewind. Mid-1950s vintage. The Tradewind is the long-nose original version which is one sleek looking, turbo-prop flying boat. I was at North Island in 1950 and got to watch Convair do flight tests in San Diego Bay; I remember timing the takeoff of the flying boat at only 28 seconds. Each aircraft shown in the folio is also depicted in a 3-view silhouette with a short description and specs. Normal wear on folio, photos perfect, and a small coffee stain on portfolio outside. Super 50s nostalgia back when manufacturers send out these nice kits when you wrote in for information. Price is SOLD, BUT Have same set of litho photos without folio, priced at Sorry Sold. Shipping on this sort of ephemera will be by USPS Priority Mail and will cost about $3.95.
The postcards shown below are from the 1940s - the captions are from the reverse side. The postcards are unused and like new. Each card is priced at Sorry Sold.
This AIR EXPRESS brochure is 8.5 x 13.5 inches two-fold and is dated 12-43. ...But these wings are helping WIN the battle of production.. Shows how Air Express is helping speed important and critical cargo. Brochure is in like new condition and is priced at $4.00.
United Air Lines prepared "Aviation Kits" for High School, Intermediate Grades and Primary Grades during WW2. These kits consisted of quality materials covering airline and aviation subjects; the items included in the kits were actually adult oriented, certainly not child-like, and did not "talk down" to the children. These schoold aids are now very nice collectibles, most referring to the DC-3 and DC-4. A selection from these kits is offered below - all of these ephemera items are in excellent condition.
POSTER "Improved Coast-to-Coast Transportation." 12 x 18 inches, one side, folded, b & w, compares the time to travel across the USA from 1856 to 1940 (takes the DC-3, shown above from the poster, 15 hrs. 45 min. versus 29 days by rail and stage in 1856). Marked with "United Air Lines Photo, Department of School and College Service." $3.00.
POSTER "To Help You Find and Name the Important Parts of a Mainliner." 9 x 15 9/16 inches, two sides, Copyright 1943, features the DC-3, three fold. A portion of the open poster (pages 2 and 3) is shown below; also has a nice in-flight photo on page 4. Price is $5.00.
SCOOL KIT BROCHURE "United Air Lines Offers 3 Popular Aviation Kits," a two-side, 8 5/8 x 14 inch leaflet which explains the program and lists the contents of the kits which are priced at 25 cents each. $2.00.
AVIATION HANDBOOK "Aviation Handbook for Intermediate Grades" is a 52-page Teacher's Handbook containing pictures, stories, teaching suggestions etc.; it measures 5 3/4 x 8 3/4 - the cover is pictured below. $8.00.
POSTER "A study of the important parts of the Mainliner 300," a two fold, single color poster which folds out to 8 1/2 x 33 inches and features pictures and cutaway of the DC-4. the "Mainliner 300." Page 2 is pictured below. Price of this nifty poster is Sorry SOLD.
PICTURES A dozen b & w pictures, 12 x 18 inches, single fold, were issued for these school kits. Printed on relatively thin paper, these pictures were probably used to tack to bulletin boards etc. - many historical scenes. Each of these is priced at $3.00. Shown below is one-half of "SWALLOW MAIL PLANE - 1926" poster, with a Swallow at Boise flying the C.A.M. 5 route.
Also available: "Grandfather of World Flight - 1903," "Boeing 80-A - 1929," "When Air Mail Was Young - 1928" (Boeing 95), "Inside Cabin of Mainliner" (all men wearing suits and ties, all women wearing hats), "Converted World War I DeHavilland - 1920," "Boeing 40-B - 1927" (C.A.M. 18), "The Pilots' Compartment," "Post-War Mainliner" (new DC-4 Mainliner), "Boeing 247 - 1933," and "Ford Tri-Motor - 1930."
LEAFLET "Our New Age of Flight" - a two color, 8 1/2 x 11 inch, 4 page leaflet with a photo of the "New Mainliner, Douglas-Built DC-6", NC30001 (was that a DC-6?). $2.00.
AIRLINE MAP "Air Lines of the United States" measures 18 x 23 inches, two-fold along with a one-page guide, "Some Possible Uses of the Airline Map of the United States." Courtesy of the "Official Guide of the Airways." Price is $8.50.
COLOR PHOTO An 8 1/2 x 11 inch color litho photo of a DC-3 in flight by E.D. McGlone along with another United Air Line color litho of an industrial area. Both for $3.00.
A terrific portfolio of aircraft paintings depicting the airplanes used by Czechoslovak Airlines (CSA) in the 50 years from 1923 to 1973 is offered on the Aviation Art Prints page. The item offered here is an interesting piece of CSA airline memorabilia which was used for the entertainment of young passengers. A paper doll stewardess (or flight attendant for the PC crowd) on folded card stock, each part measuring 8 ¼" x 11 5/8". All of the items are die cut, ready to punch out. The cardstock is bright and in new condition as if picked up by a young Czechoslovakian passenger on this morning's flight from Prague to Zurich. Ask yourself, how many Czech paper dolls have you seen lately? I believe this item is from the 1970s. If you would like to see the historical timeline of Czech Airlines, click here for CSA.
The pictures below show the paper doll - the actual item is sharp and full size. I won't tell if you download these pics and cut the doll out. If you want the real thing, it will cost you Sorry Sold to become acquainted with this lovely stew, although she's likely to be about to retire from CSA by now!
A forty-eight page booklet by Standard Oil Company (Indiana) published in 1930, From the Ground Up, explaining "why an airplane flies - and how it is flown - simply explained." The foreword reads, "From the Ground Up explains the fundamentals of aviation. It is airmed to exploit facts about flying as we have experienced them. Standard Oil Company (Indiana) operates two airplanes. One is a single motored biplane called the Stanolind Jr. No. 2. The other is a three motored monoplane known as the Stanolind 3rd. In this book we will discuss the Stanolind No. 2. You will see why it flies and you may ride with our pilot while he explains the simple mechanics of flying. We take pleasure in dedicating this book to the pioneers of aviation - to those men and women who have struggled to make air transportation a reality." The Ford Tri-motor, as appears on page 36, is pictured above.
Fold-out route maps from SAS. These have card stock covers and are five-fold to a dimension of 9 1/16" x 30 1/2". One is a route map for Europe (showing mileage between cities) and the other is a route map for the North Atlantic. There is a chart on each side as shown below for the North Atlantic route map. Each is in outstanding condition with undamaged and bright covers and a bright map with no damgage or fading. These have been printed in Stockholm and are dated as 1957 for the North Atlantic and 1958 for Europe. SAS flew the DC-6B and took delivery of the DC-7C, Seven Seas, in 1957; the airplane on the cover appears to be a DC-7 or -6.
The right hand side of the North Atlantic map has an explanation of why several routes are shown: "Patterns and paths over the seas." It is explained that the "Douglas plane" will take advantage of pressure patterns and winds, so: "Then, on one flight you may cruise in the high latitudes near Greenland; on another, you may travel the lanes far to the South."
These are outstanding airline items in great condition and celebrate the very last of the great piston engine airliners spanning the Atlantic in the few years just before the jets came in service. Each SAS route chart is priced at $65.00. "Wherever you go...go by SAS - The Global Airline."
The penultimate race was held in England in 1929 at Spithead on September 7th. The ephemera item being offered is a railroad timetable "Programme of Special Train, Boat and Ticket arrangements" by the Southern Railway. This 64-page booklet, measuring 6"x 9 3/4", has complete schedules of all trains running on September 7th, many having "Special Service" as between "Portsmouth, Gosport and Southampton, Eastleigh, Salisbury, etc." (page 36). Maps of the course, area, and Ryde Pier Head are included.
The Royal Air Force website, www.raf.mod.uk, has the following account of the 1929 race which, incidentally, was the last race to have more than a single country entered in the competition.
"The 1929 Race. The victory (1927) ensured that the next race would be held over British water, the location again being Cowes. This was not to be until 1929, as the various participants and the FAI agreed that the increasing costs and technological advances were prohibitive to an annual event.
"Following its 1927 victory, the High Speed Flight had been disbanded and it was expected that no Treasury money would be made available to finance a British team for the 1929 meeting. This did not happen, but the Air Ministry objected to the use of its pilots, but agreed to supply the aircraft. That said, the High Speed Flight reformed in February 1928 and the following month an attempt on the world speed record would be made by Flt Lt S Kinkhead in one of the S5s. During the attempt, Kinkhead plunged into the sea during the steep approach to the start of the course and was killed. He was replaced by Flt Lt D D'Arcy A Greig who was joined by Flt Lt GH Stainforth, Fg Offs RLR Atcherley and HRD Waghorn. Flight Commander was Sqn Ldr AH Orlebar.
"Air Ministry funded was not forthcoming for new engines and so Rolls Royce financed the building of a military engine with 'racing capabilities'. Whilst the engine was still a paper design, RJ Mitchell of the Supermarine Company began work on the S6 aircraft which would be used by the British team. The basis of the design was the successful S5 airframe and two S6s were ordered. The designers at Glosters were not idle and soon their next design, the Gloster V biplane racer, was taking shape. This eventually saw the light of day as a monoplane and was Air Ministry funded was not forthcoming for new engines and so Rolls Royce financed the building of a military engine with 'racing capabilities'. Whilst the engine was still a paper design, RJ Mitchell of the Supermarine Company began work on the S6 aircraft which would be used by the British team. The basis of the design was the successful S5 airframe and two S6s were ordered. The designers at Glosters were not idle and soon their next design, the Gloster V biplane racer, was taking shape. This eventually saw the light of day as a monoplane and was designated the Gloster VI. Two of these were ordered at a cost of £25,000. The design was fated never to compete in the race. During trials, many unexplained failures of its Napier Lion engine occurred and the type withdrawn.
"The only challengers to make the race meeting were Italy who brought a further development of the M52 airframe, the M52R, and a new aircraft, the Macchi M67. It had been intended that France would compete after a six-year absence but the two designs chosen for the 1929 race were not completed in time and the team withdrew. As for the Americans, it was a familiar tale. The government still refused to support an entry for the Schneider Trophy and left any finances to be raised privately. This did happen, but the intended aircraft, the Kirkham-Williams Mercury, which was to have been powered by a secretly-built US Navy engine, was barely capable of sustained flight and again the US did not attend. Neither did the Germans who had hoped to race, but their Dornier project never got off the drawing board.
"On the eve of the race a small piece of metal was found in the engines of one of the S6s and after further investigation it was found that one of the pistons was damaged necessitating a cylinder block change. A sweep of the local hostelries and pubs raised enough Rolls Royce engineers to carry out the task, and after a full night's work and ground running, the aircraft was ready at 0800 on the day of the race.
"The race weather was perfect and the first aircraft airborne was the S6 of Flt Lt Waghorn. The aircraft performed beautifully until Waghorn reached the sixth lap the engine began to misfire forcing the pilot to climb in the hope that should it fail completely, he could glide to the end. The engine duly failed, but Waghorn had insufficient height to carry out his plan and landed on the water short of the finish, cursing his luck. When he sighted his engineers approaching the becalmed aircraft, he noticed that they had broad smiles on their faces - having miscounted his laps, he had, as Webster had at the previous meeting, flown one extra lap. It was on this lap that the engine had failed.
"D'Arcy Greig in the sole S5 and Warrant Officer Dal Molin of Italy in the M52R were caught up in a furious battle in the skies above, both at full chat in the event that Waghorn had failed to complete the distance. The remaining pilots and aircraft suffered a variety of problems. 'Batchy' Atcherley in the second S6 lost his goggles in the slipstream and flew the remainder of his race crouched inside the cramped cockpit, but was disqualified after misjudging a turn and going inside a pylon. The final realistic challenge to Waghorn's time ended when a coolant pipe broke on the second Macchi M67, scalding its pilot who successfully landed his aircraft before being taken to hospital for treatment.
"Flt Lt Waghorn's average speed of 328.63 mph (528.77 km/h) was some 44mph (71 km/h) faster than second-placed Dal Mollin in the M52R who just edged D'Arcy Greig into third by barely 2mph.
The win set up, for the third time, the chance for a team to win the Schneider Trophy outright. As no less a person than Prime Minister Ramsey MacDonald commented, 'We are going to do our level best to win again.'" This was to happen with the Supermarine S6B in 1931.
Getting the amazing seaplane racers off the water was a challenge. The following account of the take-off of N247 is from the 1960 Harleyford book, Spitfire - The Story of A Famous Fighter, written by Bruce Robertson, pages 13-14.
"Two o'clock that Saturday afternoon was the scheduled time for N247 to take off. Seven minutes before the hour the engine was started by Mr. A.C. Lovesey, a Rolls-Royce expert, who listened to its roar for two minutes as he sat in the cockpit. Satisfied, he switched off and changed places with Flt. Lt. H.R.D. Waghorn, who made himself comfortable for the race. Just two minutes before zero hour, N247 was lowered into the water from the pontoons. The engine was re-started. It was a perfect day with an azure sky, but there was a slight swell and a 10 m.p.h. wind. take-off was a tricky business; wind and sea conditions both affected trim and, with the great power, torque effect at low revolutions was such that the port wing tried to dig into the water. The port float on this occasion was almost submerged as N247 swung to the left and Waghorn throttle down. For several hundred yards spray completely enveloped the cockpit, then as it lessened it could be seen that the port wing was clear of the water by only a matter of inches, but the machine was steady on its course. Slowly the tail rose slightly as the machine gathered speed for take-off and twice it appeared as if it had lifted clear, but further slight spray indicated that it was in fact skimming. Then finally, without question of doubt, it climbed."
The Italian machines didn't fare well in 1929. The amazing, twin-engine (tandem), counter-rotating propeller Macchi-Castoldi MC72 was developed for the 1931 race. The first two MC72s crashed during testing, killing their pilots, and the third machine couldn't be ready by the race date. The Supermarine S6Bs raced alone winning the trophy for keeps. However, the MC72 was further prepared for trials and, in 1934, it set the world seaplane speed record at 440.661 mph beating the S6B 1931 record speed of 408.8 mph. The era of seaplane racing and speed records was at an end.
Own this piece of air racing history from 1929 and take the train ferry from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight and obtain seating on the Ryde Pier Head, all for only $100.00 SORRY SOLD.
The 1931 winning S6B is now on exhibit in the London Science Museum. I've seen this aircraft and was pleased that the curators have elected to show it in much the same condition as it's last race, as pictured below.
Click the Schneider Trophy Races link below for current information.
A terrific little booklet from 1944. A non-government publication for civilians, written by Theodore J. Ritter and Robert W. Gadbois, this cartoon-style, spiral bound book tells the story of what a cadet should expect in Intermediate and Advanced training. It starts out, "This introduction is an attempt to pass the word to ye civilian reader about what goes in an intermediate training station for Naval Aviation. As usual civilians include members of the cadet's family, betrothed ones (and we use the plural advisedly) and all others interested in the flight training, the Navy, the uniforms, and the flight pay. This latter is especially directed at those young ladies who have a personal stake in the fortunes of newly commissioned Ensigns.
"Intermediate flight training, and this is no military secret, is carried on at two places in the country, both having access to the Gulf of Mexico with its opportunities for seaplanes, its warm, dank weather, and its perpetual cumulus clouds. One of these centers is at Pensacola, Florida, and the other at Corpus Christi, Texas. At this writing the course of training offered is almost identical and has been since Corpus Christi, the newer base, was commissioned."
These Elmore books appeared in five different volumes, this being the last (Phase V). The others are Flight Preparatory School, War Training Service, Pre-Flight School, and Primary Training. The books were available, "… from book stores, Ship's Service Stores, Post Exchanges, news companies, or directly from the publishers."
The book has 140 pages, including the eleven page introduction written by TJR N.A.T.C. CORPUSCOLA JULY, 1944. The balance of the book consists of one cartoon per page, showing cadet life and training in a humorous light. The 5 1/8" x 8" book is in complete, unmarked condition and can be purchased for $32.50. Several examples of pages are shown below.
Viewers of this website might find this Boeing report interesting. Dated December 1939, Boeing Report D-2396, this report covers a thorough familiarization of the Boeing S-307 and SA-307B intended for employees of Pan American Airways and TWA. The S-307, with pilot, co-pilot and flight engineer, was designed for TWA while the Pan American SA-307B has additional accommodations for a radio operator and a navigator. This 141 page is printed single-sided using the old blue-line method (only us ancient ones remember that crude process) with some blueprint pages included. A few pages are shown below.
The Columbus Division of North American Aviation Inc. mailed out this envelope containing sixteen 2-fold brochures of North American airplanes from T-6s to Sabres. Each sheet is 2-color and is 5" x 19 3/16" in size before a 2-fold to 9 1/2". The original mailing envelope is somewhat tattered but has a 1955 postmark. Each airplane litho photo is designed to be cutout and mounted on a folded "stand" that is printed on the brochure. This is the delightful sort of "give-away" that the aircraft manufacturers used to send the "kid" that wrote in and asked for a picture of his favorite airplane. Remember North American? Sad that the manufacturers are slowly being assimilated into what will eventually become a single conglomerate company. Celebrate the past and own this set for only $17.50.
These are interesting and inexpensive WWII training artifacts. Cardstock models in 1:72 scale which punch out of heavy, black cardstock and assemble by pressing parts in place. These make reasonable three-dimensional models suitable for recognition training. I have several photos in our Friend or Foe? Museum which show WWII classrooms with these cardstock models hanging from the ceiling as training aids. Assemble these for display or leave in the envelope. I have pictured the envelope only as the black cardstock doesn't photograph well. The model pictured is; SCOUT BOMBER U.S. Navy SB2A-1 Buccaneer, British Bermuda I, A.A.F. A-34, Silhouette Model, 1:72 Scale, Ref. No. CM-526, 2/22/43. Army Air Forces - Aircraft Identification Section. Price for this WWII item is only $37.50. ALSO available: P-38E, CM-502, $55.00, F2A-3 Buffalo, CM-518 (interesting because the Buffalo didn't appear in the cellulose acetate line of recognition models), $40.00 A-31 Br. Vengeance, CM-509 dated 11/23/42, $37.50, German Fighter Me 109E, CM-101, Sorry Sold, and German FW 190, CM-102 dated 2/22/43, $37.50.
Additional WW2 card models available - all in original envelopes - date 2/22/43:
I don't have a clue concerning the "CM" numbering system.
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A 1977 signed and flown cover featuring the signatures of Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader, CBE,DSO,DFC and Generalleutnant Adolf Galland. This cover was flown in a Hawker Siddeley 125 Mk I on 21 October 1977 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first flight of a production Hurricane by the H.G. Hawker Engineering Co. on 12 October 1937 at Brooklands. The cover is backstamped 15 November 1977 at RAF Northolt and is marked as Nr. 42 von 50 Exemplaren. A particularly desirable cover, it also includes a wartime photo of Galland as shown above. Price is $SORRY SOLD but have another signed cover for $215.00.
A Douglas Bader history from the Royal Aur Force Museum may be viewed by clicking here. Use the back arrow to return to this page.
An 8" x 10" black and white photo of Spitfire Mk. IX, Mk 923, "5J-Z", taken at Portage, Canada in 1980 during a Spitfire pilots reunion. This Spitfire originally came from Belgium in 1963 and was owned for many years by actor Cliff Robertson. This fighter is now owned by Craig McCaw (ex-husband of Santa Barbara News Press owner Wendy McCaw) and is at the Museum of Flight, Seattle. It is not currently flying. This photo is available for $25.00. This Mk IX is currently (2008) being displayed in the Personal Courage Wing of the Museum of Flight, as pictured below (CollectAir photo).
The Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij (KLM) airline is featured in most of these documents. The cover pictured above is a route map, "Luchtroute Amsterdam - London", showing a very detailed flying route down the coast and across the Channel to London. The inside of the cover shows the overall route as seen below. The route map was sponsored by Shell as is obvious. As the passenger flew from Shiphol, he could follow the progress of the airplane in detail along the coast and then from Calais across the "Kanaal" to Folkestone , across Kent to Croydon Airfield.. This map is in nearly as-new condition but shows an indication that it was actually used by a passenger as there is a tiny pencil written "photo" alongside the town of Walcheren. The map folds out to 60 inches! The very bottom of the map is also pictured showing the area around Croydon; note the airfields which are destined to become famous ten years later, Biggin Hill and Kenley. The airfields are shown along the route in solid red. Good landing terrain spots are shown in lined squares; emergency landing areas which fit the "precautions" mentioned above.
Croydon was the London airport in 1929 and it was London's first airport. Passengers checked in under an impressive glass dome in the art deco style departure hall. In 1929, KLM was flying the twin-engine Fokker F.8 and the three-engine F.7/3m equipped with Wright Whirlwind J-5 engines (Lindbergh's NYP engine) and some single-engine Fokkers were also used. KLM, headed by Dr. Albert Plesman, was an affiliate of DLH, the German Deutsche Luft Hansa, which controlled most of the European continental routes. The Croydon Airport Society has a Croydon exhibit at the visitor centre in Airport House, located in the control tower of the original terminus building. The Aerodrome Hotel was built on the new Croydon Airport in 1928; this hotel has been renovated and is operated by the Westmead Business Group, Croydon, Surrey. Amy Johnson, the first solo female flyer to Australia, departed Croydon in May 1930; a replica of her Gipsy Moth, G-AAH "Jason", is on temporary display in the hotel as of Spring 2003. Many famous pilots stayed in this hotel.
This exquisite airline item is available for $110.00 SORRY SOLD. A similar document, also in nearly as-new condition, showing the route from Amsterdam to Paris, is also available at the same price. Both can be purchased for $210.00 SORRY SOLD.
As you boarded the Fokker at Shiphol, each passenger was given an information leaflet, the title of which is shown at left. This hand-out is 7 5/8" x 9" single fold and covers the use of lifebelts, how to operate the "air tube" ventilation, emergency exits, communication with the pilot ("...through the door behind the pilot seat."), and general notes. Here are some of the "General Notes" which I think you'll find interesting: "Don't be concerned if the machine on starting taxies slowly towards a corner of the aerodrome. The machine always starts and lands against the wind.
"After running about 120 yards the machine almost imperceptibly rises from the ground.
"The so-called 'bumping' movement sometimes experienced is occasioned by the irregular temperatures of the air or strong winds, and it is in no way dangerous. It corresponds to the motion of a ship at sea. The machines are so stable that passengers can have every confidence and with such get quickly accustomed to the motion. It may interest passengers to know that the machines of the K.L.M. have proved their air worthiness and stability by flights across the Channel when the regular cross Channel steamers have been prevented from sailing owing to stormy weather.
"When flying in a curve machines heel slightly to one side but passengers remain sitting upright in their seats.
"There is no discomfort in looking downwards while flying; dizziness is unknown in aeroplanes as there is no connection with the earth.
"Do not throw these receptacles out of the machine." And more!
This document is marked '29 and is in a remarkable as-new condition. Priced at $45.00.
A wonderful airline nostalgia item, a 1929 KLM time table booklet, "Nederlandsche Luchtreisgids", which is in like-new condition, just as you would have picked it up from the Amsterdam KLM counter at Shiphol.
The cover is shown above, 11 x 17.1 cm. in size. The back cover, below, has an ad for the Fokker airplanes which are operated by KLM in 1929.
The booklet is divided into tabbed sections, covering not only the schedules and fares, but also sections on the aircraft, baggage, route maps (including one to India and Batavia) with photos and general passenger information. Nicely drawn pen-and-ink sketches head several of the sections; all of the booklet is in Dutch with the exception of some English in advertisements.
The photo above is from the booklet's "Vliegveldbezoek"section showing "Bestuurdersplaats 3-motorig Fokker vliegtuig". A very nice Fokker F VIII model of about 4 ft. wingspan is shown hanging over the KLM counter in one photo "K.L.M. kantoor te Croydon". Maybe just a coincidence, but KLM donated a 1:20 scale Fokker F.VIII model in 1927 to the Science Museum Heavier-than-air Craft Exhibit in South Kensington. Own this terrific airline item for $195.00.
The brochure shown above is a Boeing Airplane Company promotion and catalog for the Boeing School of Aeronautics for the 1929-1930 school year. The school was located on the Oakland, California Airport in Hangar 5 which still exists. The complete curriculum and prices are given along with course descriptions. The center spread in the brochure is shown below; an aerial view of the Oakland Airport which was the largest municipal airport in the U.S. in terms of size, covering more than 845 acres. The colorful cover wraps around to the back side as well; the same artist also did a similar nifty scene for the Boeing product catalog (presented below), the second catalog in this set.
This school brochure measures 154mm by 228mm, has 23 pages with many pictures, and is in superb condition. The companion Boeing product catalog for 1929 uses the similar artwork to the school brochure although not quite as colorful, as shown below.
This catalog has a description of the Boeing company and its facilities and presents the lineup of aircraft manufactured in 1929-1930. Military aircraft pictured include the XP-8, PW-9C, PB-1, F2B-1, F3B-1 and "The latest Boeing achievement in military aircraft, a single seater fighter." Notice that no designation is given to the fighter which is the Model 100 as pictured here.
Civilian aircraft are shown with specifications and prices. These include the Model 80, Mail Planes Model 40-A, B and C, the "New Mail Plane" Model 95 (with a tipped-in spec sheet), and the Model B-1E Flying Boat which you can purchase for only $20,000. The brochure has 15 pages and is in excellent condition with the exception of light spotty foxing on the free endpapers; this slight condition is shown in the following Boeing logo from the front free endpaper.
The product brochure measures 200 mm by 274 mm. It is rare to find companion brochures from the same year and both featuring similar company stylistic artwork. Therefore, these are offered as a set only, priced at $350.00.
A magnificent record of British aviation of 1929, the "Official Catalogue" of The Society of British Aircraft Constructors Ltd. Seventh Annual AERO Exhibition held at the Olympia, London.W. on July 16-27, 1929. This catalogue measures 5 7/8" x 9 1/4" x 7/16" thick and has a whopping 324 pages. Every exhibition space is catalogued with a description of what is shown; two fold out floor plans for the "Gallery" and the "Ground Floor" show the location of all exhibits. The catalogue has many photos and most manufacturers have advertising that is placed near their position in the booklet. This is a snapshot of the entire British industry in 1929. Several foreign aircraft firms are represented, such as Stand 33 which has the "First showing in Great Britain of the Ford Tri-Motored all-metal transport," the 5AT, NC 8412. Shown below is a sample of the advertising for the Short Calcutta, "as supplied to Imperial Airways."
One chart on page 18 shows the location of all civil aerodromes in the London District; they were the Radlett, Stag Lane (de Havilland), Heston, Brooklands, Croydon (airlines), and Romford (Marylands). This catalogue is in fine condition and is priced at $175.00.
A one page leaflet, b&w (8 3/4" x 11 1/4"), light blue in background, offering the Desoutter 3-seater Sports Coupe, "The only British light aeroplane giving saloon car comfort for three people." The Desoutter Aircraft Company, Limited was located at the Croydon Aerodrome. This leaflet was distributed at the 1929 Aero Exhibition (see catalog above). This leaflet has a line drawing of the Sports Coupe along with specifications and price. Price is $27.50.
This mailer-style brochure, PLANE FACTS, was posted in Baltimore during the mid-1950s; the mailing label is intact but I've blanked out the name in the illustration below. From the Glenn L. Martin Company, this pamphlet was issued during the height of Martin's aircraft reign back when they built airplanes. History of the company, many photos and 3-views of the P6M-1, B-57B, P5M and TM-61 Matador and Lacrosse missiles and the Vanguard rocket. Also, the Martin 4-0-4. Front view silhouettes of Martim's previous airplanes, the JRM, PBM-5A, P4M-1, XB-51, B-26, M-130, B-10, BM-1, MB-2 and TT and more, silhouettes of 45 years of Martin airplanes.
With paper covers, this brochure measures 6.7" x 9.7" and has 32 pages of Martin information. This came from the wonderful era when you could write away to the major aircraft companies for information and they would send all sorts of exciting stuff - lithos, brochures and even drawings and 3-views.
Celebrate the Glenn L. Martin company with this 50-year-old document for Sorry Sold.
CUT-OUT GLIDERS THAT REALLY FLY - 1930
A wonderful children's booklet featuring nine punch-out paper gliders, printed in 1930. The book measures a large 24.5 x 37 cm and has glider parts perforated and ready to separate in the inside pages. Cut-out Gliders That Really Fly was published by the "Animated Toy Syndicate, Minneapolis, U.S.A." The back cover has instructions with the title, "How to Fly the Cut-out Gliders." The nine planes include small speed models, formations, endurance and even a biplane. Page 2 is shown below.
Books featuring perforated construction parts are expensive when there are no separated parts; someone resisted the temptation to punch. A detail of the fuselage printed on page 2 is given below. Note that this design is an excellent flyer. I don't know when the first models of this design were printed, but it is a classic configuration which, even though this book is over seventy years old, is being sold today. I have in front of me a nice little parlor flyer of the same design which is currently manufactured ("Mike Stone's Amazing Dip-er-do Stunt Plane") and it is a delight to spin around the living room.
This book is in excellent condition; no marks, tears, or punch outs, and the colors are bright. This item could be on the Book Page but because it was made to be destroyed, this page is more appropriate. The price is $212.50.
A rather rare offering of an in-house North American Aviation manual, Report NA-47-941C, first published in October 1, 1947 and revised July 1, 1955. This manual belonged to a North American engineer who worked on space systems. Consisting of tables and equations used in the engineering department, the manual covers a wide range of data and conversion tables used as a handy standard engineering reference. A superb piece of engineering nostalgia before the computer age - imagine: we use to refer to tables and slide rules for calculations! And the aircraft still flew! The manual is in a standard 6-ring binder, 5" x 6 ½". Some examples from the manual are displayed below (there are 3 pages of "contents" - only one shown).
The price for this 1950s document from North American Aviation is $47.50.
This Shell aviation poster is entitled "Maintenance" and is No. 2 of G Series of posters. The poster measures 14 1/4" x 21". The whimsical style is similar to the Shell "The Airport..." brochure shown on this page. The detail shown above has this copy alongside: "This," says Lew, wheeling up to the Bloko Aircraft Service Station, "looks like the kind of place where they talk my language - Bargains have allus had a strange fascination for me - it's sorta like getting something for nothing." etc. These posters date from 1940 and were used in magazine advertisements. There are two more available: No. 1 of G Series, "Mid-Air Collisions" SORRY No.1 SOLD and No. 3 of G Series, "Low Flying", each in the same cartoon style. These are great Shell items and vintage FBO ephemera. Each poster is priced at $SORRY, SOLD OUT$.
1929 WARNEFORD MODEL AIRPLANE BROCHURE - BRITISH
This 1929 brochure for the Warneford Model Aeroplanes measures 20.7 x 26.5 cm after a one-fold. The cover is shown above along with a detail from page 3. These models were ready-to-fly. The airplane on the cover is described as follows: "The machine illustrated above holds the World's Model Speed Record. Made and flown by our designer, its wonderful performance may be judged by the fact that in a recent competition flying at 34 m.p.h. it covered its own length 20 times per second. The Supermarine S.5 in its record breaking attempt and flying at over 300 m.p.h. covered its own length only 16 times per second."
A "Price List of Spare Parts" is shown on the back. The brochure has been folded in the middle for mailing. This brochure is from the Seventh Annual Aero Exhibition in London where the model airplanes were shown. This fine copy from 1929 is in nearly new condition and is priced at $27.50.
LOCKHEED PROMOTIONAL LITHO PHOTOS
The two photos above are typical of the Lockheed promotional lithographic photos which were given to employees of Lockheed for many years. Each is 11" x 14" in overall size, some with tinted surround border. These are not the posters of wartime ads and other scenes which were apparently given away during the WWII period. Many of Ren Wicks' magazine illustrations for Lockheed were also printed as 16" x 20" posters during the war. The 11" x 14" lithos may also have been used as promotional items but those presented here are enclosed in 11 1/2" x 14 1/2" envelopes which were given to all employees.
Each envelope of photos is available for $30.00.
The earliest group with four pictures is from WWII, about 1943. Captions are: The Vega Ventura Bomber, The B-17 Bomber by Vega, The Lockheed Lodestar, and The Lockheed Hudson. The reverse side of each is blank. The envelope states, "Designed and Produced for the Employees of LOCKHEED and VEGA by the Vega Employee's Recreation Club and Lockheed Employee's Recreation Club, BURBANK, CALIFORNIA."
Three of the envelopes appear to be from the late 1940s into the1950s and each has a different selection of photos. The envelope of the first of these (about 1948), is printed with, "Your Personal Collection - Color Lithographs of the Planes You Help Build." Photo captions are Lockheed Constellation, Lockheed Two Place Shooting Star, Military Air Transport Service Constellation, Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star, U S Navy P2V - Lockheed's Neptune, and U S Navy R60 - Lockheed Constitution. The reverse side of this set is blank.
The second set envelope states, "Your Personal Collection of Lockheed Airplane Pictures." Captions are, Lockheed Radar Super Constellation - U.S.A.F. EC-121D/U.S.N. WV-2, Lockheed Neptune - U.S. Navy P2V-7, Lockheed Super Constellation - Model 1649, Lockheed Seastar - U.S. Navy T2V-1, Lockheed Turboprop Electra (this is an artist's rendition with a statement that it "..will be in service...in 1958"), Lockheed Starfighter - U.S. Air Force F-104, Lockheed Super Constellation - Model 1049H (a painting). Each of this set has specifications and a 3-view on the reverse. SOLD
The third 1950s set has photo captions, Lockheed Starfire Interceptor - U.S.A.F. F-94C, Lockheed Super Constellation - U.S.A.F. C-121C/U.S.N. R7V-1, Lockheed Neptune - U.S.N. P2V-5, The Boeing B-47 - Built by Lockheed - Georgia Division, Lockheed AEW Constellation - WV-1, and Lockheed Two-Place Jet Trainer - U.S.A.F. T-33/U.S.N. TV-2. This set is blank on the reverse.
These photo packages were discontinued in the late 1950s. However, a special 30th Anniversary of Lockheed package was given to Lockheed employees in 1962. By this time the company name was changed to the LOCKHEED CALIFORNIA COMPANY. The envelope, in part, states, "Some years ago we offered each employee a set of litho prints of our aircraft." This set, as offered here, has Lockheed P3V-1 Orion, Lockheed F-104 Starfighter (a painting showing four in formation), Lockheed U-2, Lockheed Lunar Landing Module Design (a design concept). Each litho has a description centered on the reverse.
Each of the envelopes above have some distress in the way of split edges, small tears etc. The prints are in generally excellent condition, some with very minor yellowing on edges and some with slight corner crimps. None are creased, wrinkled, spotted etc. and all are suitable for framing.
Lockheed continued to print 11" x 14" promotional litho photos for many years although I don't believe that they were ever given again in sets to the employees. CollectAir has a number of individual Lockheed lithos in this size, most from the 1960s and perhaps 1970s, and each is available for $8.00.
MORE LOCKHEED: THE LOCKHEED STAR Publication - June 16, 1966
The official publication of the LOCKHEED-CALIFORNIA COMPANY, Vol 33 No 13, dated June 16, 1966. Imagine that you're an employee in Burbank in 1966, working on some pretty exciting projects, maybe even the Skunk Works, This is the company newspaper that you'd get each week. Four pages, 11 1/2" x 15", the last three pages are devoted to employee and department news, classifieds and, in this issue, a listing of 25-year veterans (imagine being able to work for the same aerospace company for 25 years!). The front news page has "International Submarine Hunter", discussing production of the P-3B Orion for New Zealand and the new P-3C which will see ASW squadrons in 1969. "Slingshot Fighters" brings news of zero launched (ZELL) F-104Gs at Lagerlechfeld, Germany - and more! Add a company newspaper to your collection of 60's fighters. Price for this 4-page missive is an affordable $2.00. First order gets free 11"x14" Lockheed promo pictures of Seasat-A and Space Telescope from the same era.
Published by Link Aviation, Inc. and Link Mfg. Co., this 4-page, tabloid size (11 1/2 x 16 inches) newsletter, THE CONNECTING LINK, is dated October-November, 1948. There is an "editorial" on page 2 entitled "The Future of Synthetic Training", written by Ed Link - he believes that synthetic training will have a "...very necessary position in the training of jet and rocket airmen..." Lots of ROTC and air age education stuff also. Check up on the 1948 Link for only $6.00.
A hard-to-find grouping of airline ephemera from Eastern Air Lines. These are all internal documents or CAA and CAB information issued to the Eastern pilots. All of these documents belonged to an Eastern Air Lines pilot, Captain M.E. Thayer. The items range from 1937 to 1946. The group consists of:
An excellent selection of paperwork that a DC-3 pilot received in the late 1930s and on into WWII. The memorandums and amendments are printed in the old mimeograph style (too young to remember mimeographs? This is a way to acquaint yourself with the world before copy machines, computers etc.). A fascinating array of working papers and they are all in excellent condition, pretty much as received by Captain Thayer nearly 70 years ago. The public side of airline operation is the prime collectible with airline buffs - the schedules, brochures, advertising, posters - that were directed toward the traveling public. Yet, I think these "inside" documents giving the mundane day-to-day work of dispatching and routine housekeeping are much more interesting and insightful. Compare the methods of 1937 with the modern, computer controlled airline - amazing - but it worked. A small portion of the Station Clearance is shown below as an example.
All of these papers were of the type that would have normally been soon discarded - why Captain Thayer elected to keep all this sort of stuff is something that only the Captain could explain. This is for the really true airline buff that wants to expand beyond the usual schedules and postcard stage - and I'm pricing it at a low Sorry sold - to Thayer's granddaughter! price, just for that lucky collector.
A 2 3/8" x 5" (when folded) brochure of Copenhagen featuring ten glossy lithographic prints of the city, each 2 1/16" x 4 3/4". Vintage is probably the late 1940s as the picture of a Swiss Air Lines (Swissair) DC-4 is included along with a SAS DC-6 tail, as shown below. The item is marked "Stendersturistmappe" and "Stenders Forlag - Eneret" with an address of 10 Udvalgte Billeder Med Højglans NR. 1612 F". This vintage brochure with SAS connection is priced at $25.00.
A 5" x 7" postcard-style picture of the Northrop YB-49 painted by Kane; undated. Text on reverse starts out: "YB-49 FLYING WING. Preliminary designs for a flying wing bomber were submitted to military authoriities as early as September 1941. Patents covering several elements fo the FW design were issued to the company between 1943 and 1947; the term "Flying Wing" was registered as a Northrop trademark.
"Upon conversion to 8 jet engines from the original propeller-driven, the YB-49 first took to the air on October 21, 1947. Test pilot Max Stanley was at the controls..." YB-49 Specifications are also printed on the reverse. This like-new card is available for $2.00. See a YB-49 contractor's model on Display Model Annex 4 page.
Cigarette, or trading cards, are said to have originated around 1878, but the main impetus for the cards began during the "Tobaco War" of 1900-1902. James B. Duke, through his American Tobacco Company, had ruthlessly taken over most of America's tobacco companies and had promoted sales by using beautiful sets of cards. He then turned his sights on Great Britain and bought a British company; Ogdens, his British trading cards were outstanding and became quite popular. The Brits fought back. Wills, along with twelve other British companies, formed the Imperial Tobacco Company and began issuing their own cards. The war proved to be costly and a truce was made - Ogdens was "returned" to the British and Duke retreated to the U.S. and Cuba. Thus the cigarette cards began to be issued by all major brands in England. Duke died in 1925 and his 13-year-old daughter, Doris, inherited most of his fortune; Duke University and endowments of over a billion dollars are the result of the tobacco king.
The 1930s were the heyday of cigarette cards and collecting became a popular hobby (I guess along with cancer). Wartime paper shortages brought the cards to a halt and they did not reimerged with the same popularity after World War II. Popular British cards during the 1930s include Wills, John Player & Sons, Churchmen's, and Ogden's among hundreds of companies producing the weed. Americans are familiar with the Wings cards.
The cards became miniature reference books, little works of art and represent virtually every aspect of life and history. Aviation related cards are, of course, a very small segment of trading card collecting but the aviation cards are sought after by airplane buffs.
This W.A. & A.C. Churchman's set, The R.A.F. at Work, consists of 48 cards and was issued in 1938, almost 70 years old. The set covers activities of RAF personnel from riggers and mechanics to cooks and petrol drivers - an interesting view of RAF life that you won't obtain from most books. Each card has descriptive text on the back - shown here for the Sergeant Pilot card number 40. Note that in 1938 the idea was for Sergeant Pilots to return to their original trade duty after serving a stint as a pilot! Not likely as WWII loomed.
The set of 48 cards is available for $87.50. Each card measures about 6.8 x 5.3 cm. If desired, I can make a scan of all 48 cards for you to review. Four typical cards are shown below.
"Flying Course" Volume Ten, Lessons 22 to 25. This booklet was published by the Rankin Aircrft Corporation of Portland Oregon in 1928.
The booklet measures 12.1 cm x 20 cm and has six pages. Lessons, in text, are given on Tail Spins Purposely and Tail Spins, Accidentally. The booklet is in condition "fine" and is priced at $22.50.
The Evergreen Aviation Museum, in Oregon, has this comment about John G. "Tex" Rankin, WWI U.S. Army Air Corps, barnstormer, and aerobatics instructor, who is in their Hall of Honor: With an aviation career spanning the years between WWI through the end of WWII, Tex Rankin's aviation enthusiasm inspired thousands of aviators throughout the United States of America. A native of Texas, young John G. Rankin left home at 16 in 1910 in search of adventure and found his way to the United States Army Air Corps. Developing a love of aircraft while serving his country, Rankin made his way to the State of Washington where he learned to fly after his discharge from the Army Air Corps in 1919. Rankin moved to Portland, Oregon, in late 1922 with his strong Texan drawl still in tact. When he started the Rankin Flying Service, he was referred to simply as "Tex"! Before long, many aspiring aviators turned to Rankin for flying lessons. In response, he established the Rankin School of Flight and by 1927, he had instructed over 250 students. More than 60 flying schools nationwide adopted Rankin's series of booklets, known as The Rankin System of Flying Instruction, which covered all phases of flight and emphasized safety as a priority. When he wasn't instructing new pilots, Rankin's Air Circus barnstormed cities and towns throughout the West, with a series of different aircraft, all with a number 13 painted on the side and a black feline passenger for luck. With the advent of WWII, Rankin established the Rankin Aeronautical Academy in Tulare, California, to instruct civilians in aerobatics for the Army Air Corps. During its four and a half year history, the Academy graduated 10,450 cadets, twelve of which became WWII aces. One of America's greatest pilots, Tex Rankin died in the crash of a Republic Seabee in Klamath Falls, Oregon on a routine business flight in 1947.
The following listing of ephemera items are in stock. More items will be added as inventory is dug out of various black holes. I can provide more info on an individual item if you desire; photos and scans can be made available. A few items on this list may be detailed above.
There are basically two types of collectors. The systematic individual will look for a search engine, or if in a shop, will seek a tidy arrangement of objects, selected by subject, easily viewed on a shelf, carefully dusted and labelled. The second type of collector seeks dusty old boxes of what looks like trash and relishes digging through mounds of "stuff" in hope of finding a treasure. Be advised that the following "stuff" has not been categorized or photographed; just imagine you are digging through that dusty container of dreams.
Still more coming from the old, dusty archives.
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