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PIONEER AVIATION POSTCARDS
& EARLY AIRCRAFT POST CARDS

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LUFTFAHRT / AERONAUTICA / AVIACI
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PIONEERING AVIATION POST CARDS
& EARLY AIRCRAFT POSTCARDS

We have several more items--please inquire!

"122 Hoxsey" Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard with writing on back: 'This is a picture of the chap who was killed after making the record height of 11330. ft A monument is to be erected to honor him.' This image is used in the Wikipedia article about him because it was undoubtedly the best portrait ever taken of him. But just try to find the real thing offered for sale, as we do here! $77.50 a(p)

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"1280 MONACO. -- Le Musée Océanographique (vue prise en aéroplane)." Showing an early view from an airplane, 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. $8.00 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. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)en(h)b

"2  Aviator Bonny and His Manager" unused sepia-tone postcard with divided back & good edges. In full, the correctly spelled name of the aviator was Warden Leonard Bonney, but the last name is sometimes seen misspelled Bonnie or Bonny as we have it here. Bonny flew on the Wright Exhibition Team from 1910 to 1911, when Roy Knabenshue was the team manager. Chicago Illinois is the probable location. Rare. $27.50 a(p)i(c)

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

   
"278 · THE WRIGHT AEROPLANE ARRIVES AT FORT MYER" unused postcard on reddish paper, divided back, good edges. Seldom offered. $12.00 a(p)a(m)v(f)


"280 · LAST PHOTO OF LIEUT. SELFRIDGE BEFORE CRASH-WITH / ORVILLE WRIGHT" at Fort Myer Virginia;
unused postcard on reddish paper, divided back similar to 278 above, good edges. Seldom offered. ON OFFER a(p)a(m)v(f)

"2  Aviator Bonny and His Manager" unused sepia-tone postcard with divided back & good edges. In full, the correctly spelled name of the aviator was Warden Leonard Bonney, but the last name is sometimes seen misspelled Bonnie or Bonny as we have it here. Bonny flew on the Wright Exhibition Team from 1910 to 1911, when Roy Knabenshue was the team manager. Rare. $25.00 a(p)i(c) 

"30288 / OUR SALESMAN WILL CALL IN A FEW DAYS WITH A / COMPLETE LINE OF COLUMBIA WINDOW / SHADES AND COLUMBIA LACE CURTAINS / YOURS TRULY, / COLUMBIA SHADE CLOTH CO." with a biplane depicted as perilously carrying a large case of samples suspended by a single rope; post card mailed NO 20 1911 from Madison Square Station in New York City to Odell & Young in Bennington New Hampshire (Vermont corrected to NH by post office), a lot of wear at both sides of the right front corners, lightly toned back. $9.00 a(p)al

"3174 / COURT SQUARE & COMMERCE ST. WEST / MONTGOMERY, ALA." with a biplane passing over the historic district; postcard with message dated 12/7/12 on back, tiny bottom corner crease, a little toning near the back corners. Rare. Is this a fanciful item? No! In the spring of 1910 the Wright Brothers opened the first US civilian flying school on the outskirts of Montgomery. The Montgomery Commercial Club (later becoming the Chamber of Commerce) agreed to clear land, build a hangar, and provide transportation to & from the field. The school proved to be short-lived, even though the weather was more conducive to flying than in Dayton Ohio. Our details are from the Encyclopedia of Alabama, which has much more. $16.00 a(p)a(m)

"39415 / The Wright Brothers, of Dayton, Ohio, the most prominent and most successful developers of the / Aeroplanes in the world. Wilbur (on the right( and Orville (on the left) and their sister, unused post card with unevenly divided back, bottom corner crease, toned back. Rare. $12.00 a(p)


"39416 / Wilbur Wright inaugurating aerial navigation on the Hudson River, at the Hudson-Fulton Celebration, by / a phenomenal flight in his aeroplane from Governor's Island to Grant's tomb and back, October 4, 1909, a distance of 19 miles in 33 minutes and 33 seconds." showing him aloft with a canoe carried against the possibility of mishap & in an inset portrait; sepia-tone postcard with unevenly divided back, minor corner rounding. Rare.
Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)n(h)e

"39421 / Wilbur Wright Aeroplane on Governor's Island, New York Harbor, before flight, October, 1909.  Picture / shows construction of machine and canoe carried on trips over water." unused postcard on substantial stock, unevenly divided back, minor wear at one bottom corner, otherwise fairly fresh for its age. Rare. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)n(g)n(m)

   
"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.
Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 for both. a(p)n(g)n(m)

"5740 People, who make National Cash Registers, / Dayton, Ohio" postcard mailed AUG 3 1911 from Dayton to Mr. Percy Prescott in Haverhill Massachusetts by C. L. Webster who mentions 'I have not had a chance to fly since Saturday when I got four fine lessons. I hope to finish soon. I rather like Dayton.' Mr. Webster is mentioned in Appendix C of John Carver Edwards' book on Wright alumni; so he graduated. As reported by the May 15, 1916 Aerial Age Weekly, he went on to become a test pilot for the Burgess Company flying boats being marketed to the US Navy. Postcard published by S. S. Kresge & made in the USA, a thin stripe of blue ink near the left back edge probably from the printing process itself, good edges. Seldom offered. $20.00 a(p)a(m)i

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

   
"9420 (f)  SAGINAW ST  FLINT MICH" contrived sepia-tone real photo postcard mailed at Flint in 1911 to Dexter Michigan, handwriting hard to read, oxidation consistent with age, good edges. Back advertises 'PHOTOGRAPH mounted 16 by 20 like this photo $1.00 prepaid / L. Pesha, Marine City, Mich.' Some readable signs: 'Kirby's 5 and 10 Store', 'Doty & Salisbury. Furniture Carpets and...', 'Goodrich & Lile Drugs & Sodas' & more. From which we can further pinpoint the location as South Saginaw Street. The name of the furniture & carpets firm is mostly seen hyphenated, but the ampersand is there in our well-focused photograph. We know the photo is contrived because there is no way any aviator in his right mind would have come so close to an electrified archway; moreover, the horses beneath would have panicked. $20.00 a(p)m(f)

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"A 101 THE AEROPLANE JUST LANDED ON THE BEACH, ATLANTIC CITY, N. J." 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." unused circa-1910 Azo (triangles both ways) real photo postcard from an undisclosed publisher, tiny finish indents, & a long shallow scratch close to the right front border, good edges. $10.00 a(p)

     
"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. $13.50 a(p)m(s)

"Aeroplane Flight--Dayton to Columbus. Nov 7-1910" with armed guards by the aircraft, unused sepia-tone Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard with good edges, from Myers Photo Company 112-1/2 South High Street Columbus Ohio, white circular mark at the front. 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)o(c)o(d)

   
"AEROPLANE FLIGHT DAYTON To COLUMBUS Nov 7-1910" showing Parmalee (alternate spelling Parmelee) aloft, sepia-tone Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard with good edges, from Myers Photo Company 112-1/2 South High Street Columbus Ohio, messaged on back to Mr. & Mrs. J. Floyd Teaford in Atlanta Georgia as follows: 'With pleasant recollections of my visit to your home & Atlanta during [hard to read] session / Fraternally John O. L. Pugh". Rare.
Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. a(p)o(c)o(d)

   
"AEROPLANE, INTER-STATE FAIR, TRENTON, N. J." postcard mailed at Asbury Park New Jersey mailed September 1912 to Miss Blanch Draa in New York City by her cousin Sarah, album toning on back, tiny upper corner crease, 1" internal bend from the top edge. Billy Taylor, the Wright Brothers & Ralph Johnstone flew there in 1909. But if you believe this is a 1911 scene--which the cancel suggests--then Harriet Quimby was doing the stunts! Those are the only possibilities. See GroundsForSculpture.com for details. Rare in any event. $14.00 a(p)n(t)g

   
"Aeroplane Meet, Venice, Cal." with a large crowd regarding a biplane on the beach; post card mailed JAN 28 1914 & postmarked the next day from Ocean Park California to Mr. Harry Salzer in Brooklyn New York, writer reports 'Saw the aeroplane race o-day', light spotty toning on back. Printed for the Western Publishing & Novelty Company, we have seen an example postmarked much earlier, namely November 16 1912. $10.00 a(p)c(v)

    "AEROPLANE READY FOR A FLIGHT, HAMPTON BEACH, N H." unused circa-1915 postcard published by the Graves & Ramsdell Co. in Hampton Beach, good edges, back paper starting to brown with age. Rare. $15.00 a(p)n(h)

"AIRSHIPS PASSING WEST POINT--PAINTED BY LOUIS BIEDERMANN / During the great Hudson-Fulton celebrations in New York in September-October, 1909, the greatest aerial / spectacle ever witnessed will take place... / ...The New York World has offered a $10,000 prize to the aerial navigator who duplicates in / the air the 147-mile journey of Fulton's first steamboat, the Clermont." postcard with note pencilled on back from a mom to her son informing him she is seriously ill, back with uneven yellowish toning. Biedermann was an illustrator working for the paper offering the prize. $10.00 a(p)a(b)enn(w)

"Airships ready for start and Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N. J." postcard with evenly divided back, published by the American Novelty Company in Atlantic City, mailed there AUG 25 1913 to Mr. Walter Davis in Braddock Pennsylvania, dark image as was the only other example we have seen, light album toning at the back corners, good edges. Aircraft took off and landed on the beach between Ocean Pier at Tennessee Avenue & Million Dollar Pier at Arkansas Avenue, according to aviation historian & author Richard Porcelli. Surprisingly hard to find. $9.00 a(p)n(a)

   
"ALIGHTING WITH ENGINE STOPPED / At Wright Brothers Training Ground, Dayton, Ohio / Published by F. M. Kirby & Co., Dayton, Ohio" postcard mailed FEB 27 1911 at Dayton to Miss Ida Kellenberger in Tippecanoe City Ohio, several speckles of cancel ink in the front sky, light album toning at the corners of both sides.
More precisely the training ground mentioned in the caption on back was actually Sims Station, also known as Huffman Prairie, 8 miles north-east of Dayton. When we searched the Internet we found but 2 mentions of a similar postcard, one in the Wright State University collection; they both indicated the publisher as R. S. McHenry. Tippecanoe City became the present-day Tipp City to resolve a duplication of name. The tell-tale tilt in the background horizon line indices the photographer's fear; the aircraft was coming straight at him! Rare. $17.00 a(p)o(s)o(h)

   
"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. $22.50 a(p)n(n)r(c)g(c)

   
"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
. Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 for both. a(p)i(i)rg(h)

   
"ALL AMERICA'S PROUD / WILBUR WRIGHT  The WRIGHT AIRSHIP.  ORVILLE WRIGHT" post card published by J. B. Meiler & Sons in Dayton, mailed there JUN 10 1909 to Eugene Ware in Columbus Ohio by his Grandma, bottom corner crease, other edge wear is trivial, toning in the right front border. $8.00 a(p)fg(m)

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. $40.00 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.
Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. a(p)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)

   
"A picture of H[ain?]ey & Rogers in airship" one smoking a cigar; uncaptioned so we use all the hard-to-read writing on back Azo (triangles up) real photo post card with good focus & contrast, tape thin in center of the back. Aviator Calbraith P. Rodgers is often photographed smoking a cigar. Is it him, with his name misspelled? Take a close look & see what you think. Whoever they are, good close-ups of 2-men flights are rare.
Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. a(p)

"ARMY AERO SCHOOL, COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND / ON BALTIMORE & OHIO RAILROAD, BETWEEN WASHINGTON & BALTIMORE" showing 2 biplanes aloft; unused postcard with trivial corner wear, otherwise good edges, back fairly fresh. The opening of this school was in 1911. Rare. $22.50 a(p)a(m)m(c)r(b)

"Arrival of Lieutenant Foulois and Parmalee at Eagle Pass Mar 3 / 11 left turning to alight on Parade Ground." annotated historic & undoubtedly unique real photo the size of a regular postcard, blank back, light toning in the bottom borders, good edges. More fully, this plane was lent to the US Army in 1911 to patrol the Texas/Mexican border from Fort McIntosh. It accomplished the historic feat mostly at an altitude of about 2,000 feet & speed about 50 miles per hour--an American record for continuous flight with a passenger at the time. To this day arguments persist about how best to patrol that border! Rare: belongs in a museum. $90.00 a(p)a(m)t(e)

"ASBURY PARK AVIATION MEET 1910" sepia-tone real photo post card with good focus & pleasing contrast, oxidation consistent with age, good edges. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)n(a)

"ASBURY PK' AVIATION MEET, 1910" showing a Wright flyer almost overhead, sepia-tone Cyko real photo postcard, small upper corner bend, very light toning on back from album contact. No other offers or even exhibitions when we searched the Internet. There is a balloon aloft postcard with similar captioning which we have seen once in 32+ years of dealing, but this is our first look at the Wright flyer! Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)n(a)

"ASBURY PK' AVIATION MEET, 1910" sepia-tone Cyko real photo post card, tiny bottom corner crease, oxidation consistent with age. Rare. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)n(a)

                          
                          
          
                          
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)








As flying machines captured the public imagination, so too children's imaginations thought of Santa Claus delivering their presents by biplane. Please see our Christmas postcards for a selection.

   
"Atwood flying over plant of / The Hobart M. Cable Company La Porte Indiana / on his trip from St. Louis to New York, / August 15th, 1911, at 4:47 P.M." postcard with lightly pencilled information about the flight in the message section--number of stops, length of time, prize money won. Minor corner wear & rounding, light toning both sides. The company was a maker of fine pianos. Shown left. $10.00 a(p)i(l)mg. The colorized version, with multiple creases & a horribly toned back. As is. $4.50 a(p)i(l)mg



"Atwood in the Air" including an inset portrait, unused sepia-tone postcard with good edges, a lot of toning near the back edges probably from the printing process itself. Rare. $19.00 a(p)f

"Atwood Landing at Euclid Beach on / His Great Record Long Distance Flight, From St. Louis to New York. / Cleveland" post card mailed at Akron Ohio NOV 3 1913 to Mrs John Bailey in Elyria Ohio, good edges, a little reddish toning on back is hard to understand but obscures nothing. $12.00 a(p)o(c)a










"Atwood Starting / Flight." unused postcard from an undisclosed publisher, faint small bottom corner crease, lightly toned back. Rare. $19.00 a(p)f

"Atwood starting for New York, Chicago Aviation Meet, August 15, 1911 / Mea magneto only ignition system on his Burgess-Wright Aeroplane / Compliments Marburg Bros., 1777 Broadway, New York City" postcard with many Mea advertising claims printed in the message section on back, mild corner wear & rounding, 2 small tears in the top edge, light uneven toning both sides. The address is in the Theater District of NYC. Rare. $20.00 a(p)i(c)ag(m)n(n)

   
"Aviation Field / DOME OF SAVIN HILL / Sept. 3-13-1910 / COPYRIGHTED 1907 / Boston Post Card Co." a 1907 postcard with sky tint to which a biplane & the label 'Aviation Field' has been added to make a souvenir for the Harvard Boston Aero Meet held 1910 flown from Atlantic Massachusetts (now Squantum, shown in the background) for spectators at Savin Hill--the first aero meet in the Eastern US & only the second in the country. [Another souvenir in which a dirigible replaces the biplane was produced, and is exhibited at the site of the Dorchester Historical Society.] Mailed SEP 16 1910, a day after the unofficial end of the meet, from West Somerville Massachusetts to Miss Cora F. Murdough in St. George Maine. Sender comments in part: 'Have been to Savin Hill three nights to see the aeroplanes. It was a wonderful sight. How I wish I could have gone up in one.' Going up in one was expensive: On the 13th & 14th English aviator Claude Grahame White made flights with passengers who paid $500 each for the experience--a lot of money in those days! $37.50 a(p)m(s)m(a)c(h)

    "AVIATION MEET / BLANCHESTER, O." unused sepia-tone Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard with crisp focus & pleasing contrasts, R in caption somewhat faint; oxidation consistent with circa-1914 date, good edges. Accompanied by another sepia-tone Azo real photo post card that is uncaptioned but showing possibly the same aircraft, with aviator seated; lower corner creased but not into the image, back heavily toned, front with numerous small light surface abrasions. Rare. $70.00 total gets both. o(b)

      "AVIATION WEEK, CHICAGO ILL. AUG. 12-21, 1911" with biplane #9 flying near to the lake shore, real photo post card with heavy upper corner crease, indent near the stamp right that closes well, mailed AUG 21 1911 at Chicago's Canal Station to Mr. Charles Auer in Denver Colorado, album toning near the back edges. Rare. $30.00 a(p)i(c)

"AVIATOR BONNEY AFTER FIRST FLIGHT / JULY 4, 1911 - BATTLE CREEK, MICH. / With warm regards for Battle Creek / S. W. Bonney / Wright Aviator" unused Azo (triangles up) real photo post card with good edges, back toned from album contact, oxidation consistent with age. The writing in the sky was on the negative, not on the postcard. In the Stuart A. Lassen Postcard Collection; now it can be in yours too! $70.00 m(b)g(b)aa

     
"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.] $18.00 a(p)fp


"Aviator Harry Atwood and Record Breaking Burgess-Wright Aeroplane" Cyko real photo post card with good edges, back with fingerprint toning & a couple of initials written over the stamp box. Rare. $52.50 a(p)f

   
"Aviator Hoxsey in his Wright Machine Asbury Park, N. J. 1910 FLYING" uncaptioned (so we used all the pencil writing on the back) Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard, oxidation consistent with age, light toning in the upper front border, light toning near the back edges.
Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. a(p)n(a)



"Aviators Including / Wright Bros & Brookins" unused postcard with unevenly divided back, trivial corner wear, lightly toned back. Hard to find. ON OFFER a(p)

"Aviators TURPIN and PARMELEE" on an unused postcard with unevenly divided back, light toning. While unstated in the caption, the view is definitely at Dominguez Field California in 1912, on the first of a few day's appearances. We know these facts because a museum has the same item in its treasures, but with one difference--Turpin himself wrote on the back of it proposing successfully to his future wife! Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)c(d)c(r)

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). Post card sold but front still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 ae








"Biplane and Monoplane" entertaining a crowd, postcard mailed SEP 19 1911 at Mineola New York, minor corner rounding, light toning both sides. Not that common in 1911, monoplanes were flown by a few such as Latham. $9.00 a(p)

"Bird's Eye View, N. C. R., Dayton" with a golden-colored metallic airship add-on, mailed JUL 5 1914 from Dayton Ohio to Miss M. Zula Swartz in New Bloomfield Pennsylvania, upper corner crease in the sky only. Hospitalized sender wrote in part 'Orville Wright just circled the city in his biplane. Lots of noise & pretty fireworks loving it.' apparently describing the just-passed Fourth of July celebration. $20.00 ia(p)f

"Birds'-eye View of New York State Fair, Syracuse N. Y." with biplane overflying the F. M. Ebeling Seedsman & Iron Age tents; unused circa-1912 postcard published by Ralph Finney (his number P-68498), trivial wear at 3 corners, otherwise fairly fresh. Seldom offered. $7.00 a(p)n(s)g(e)

"BREDA / 19" uncaptioned (so we use the fuselage marking) original real photograph showing the military aerobatic trainer developed in 1928 for the Italian Air Force & used throughout the 1930s by Squadrigilia di Alta Acrobazia Aerea to do formation aerobatics, crisp focus, good contrast, size of a regular postcard, small brown spot in the front sky, a few small spots & a handstamped C69 on an otherwise blank back. Rare. $22.50 a(p)a(m)i

"BROOKINS AEROPLANE  CHICAGO TO SPRINGFIELD, SEPT. 29, 1910" unused sepia-tone real photo post card with good focus & contrast, oxidation consistent with age, good edges. Two tiny spots of toning on back. Have only seen one other example in the last 30 years, and it was nowhere near as fresh. $100.00 a(p)i(c)


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"BROOKINS AND CURTIS IN FULL FLIGHT. / ©  Atlantic City" unused  post card with unevenly divided back, small bottom corner crease, light toning near the back edges. This view was taken during the 10-day aviation meet in July 1910 when Brookins set an altitude record & Curtis set a speed record over a 50-mile course. Rare. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)n(a)

      "Brookins  Coffyn" unused Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard showing each of them at the controls of a biplane in 1910 when they were on the Wright exhibition team. Frank Tenholm Coffyn flew for them until December 1910. Walter Richard Brookins crashed & was seriously injured in October 1910. What a treat to have both on the same postcard! Rare: no other offers, past or present, and no exhibitions whatsoever when we searched the Internet. $140.00 a(p)

    "Brookins in a Wright Airship, Atlantic City, N. J." with a bit of its skyline underneath; unused post card published by I. & M. Ottenheimer in Baltimore, 3 small corner creases, light album toning on front, a little wear to the top edge most evident from the back. He was the first to go over a mile in altitude there on July 10 1910. Rare. $20.00 a(p)n(a)

"BROOKINS in a WRIGHT MACHINE, Atlantic City, July 11th 1910. / Albert" sepia-tone postcard mailed AUG 3 1910 at Atlantic City, N. J., Albert Studio crest & location (near the Million Dollar Pier on the Boardwalk) noted on back, message on back a little hard to read but included 'saw them every day for a week'. The July 23 1910 Literary Digest on page 123 gives harrowing first-hand details about Brookins deliberately running out of gas (to achieve a higher record) over a mile up and then gliding down to Earth. Rare. $72.50 a(p)n(a)

"BROOKINS IN HIS AEROPLANE / OVER ART INSTITUTE AND / GRANT PARK, CHICAGO" including the onlooking crowd, postcard mailed there SEP 12 1911 to Miss Ruth Ruh in Karlsruhe Baden Germany, small upper corner crease, all corners with minor wear, fingerprint toning on the back. $8.00 a(p)i(c)


"Brookins in his Aeroplane over Chicago Yacht Club House / and Grant Park, Chicago" unused circa-1911 postcard from V. O. Hammon Publishing there (number 1853), good edges. $8.00 a(p)i(c)

   
"Brookins in the Clouds  ©1910 E. J. GODSHALL" with the aviator's portrait inset, postcard mailed MAR 30 1911 from Boston Massachusetts to Miss Ada M. Libby in Sanford Maine, trivial wear at 1 upper corner, 1 bottom corner with 2 small faint creases. $12.00 a(p)

"Brookins. / Peoria, Ill.  June 13-1911" unused Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard with a couple very shallow indents in the front glossy finish, good edges. There is not much information on his whereabouts in 1911: he divorced in Cincinnati on 18 May 1911; and was undoubtedly on the Wright Brothers' Exhibition team at the indicated time. So this postcard is a rare souvenir of an exhibition flight, and fills in one of the blanks. Rare. $200.00 a(p)i(p) NEW / NEU / NOVA

   
"BURGES'S AEROPLANE PLANT, / MARBLEHEAD, MASS." including a biplane under construction, partially visible in the Burgess (correctly spelled) Company shed at the left; unused post card published by A. Kagan in Boston, printed in Germany, tiny upper corner bend, a few tiny spots of dark toning in the right front border, minor wear to the bottom corners. The firm was licensed to build Wright aircraft from February 1911 to January 1914; after that period, the manufactured Curtiss aircraft under another name. Rare. $19.00 a(p)m(m)i

   
"Burgess-Wright Aeroplane starting flight" real photo postcard mailed SEP 9 1911 at Boston's Fenway Station to Mrs. H. D. Bassett in Winthrop New York, oxidation consistent with age, two short internal creases join near the right front edge, otherwise good edges. Rare. $20.00 a(p)

"Burgess-Wright Areoplane / in flight" unused real photo post card, made by G. R. Groesbeck in Lynn Massachusetts, long bottom corner crease, minor corner wear & rounding, light uneven toning on back. Rare. $30.00 a(p)

"BUY WRIGHT'S AEROPLANE SHOES" unused advertising postcard meant to be used by a salesman of Aug. Wright Company in Petersburg Virginia, alerting the recipient of an impending visit, toned back & what looks like a chemical spot near the left front edge, minor wear at one bottom corner. A shameless exploitation of the Wright Brothers name, who had attorneys & probably put a quick stop to it. Rare. Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. a(p)av(p)

            
            
            
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 $32.50 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*!

   
"Castleton on Hudson / 1909" uncaptioned (so we use most of the writing on back) sepia-tone Azo (triangles up) real photo post card, album marks at the corners of both sides, oxidation consistent with age. It is recorded that Wilbur Wright carried a canoe for his Hudson-Fulton flights, rather than the pontoons seen here, for the riverine landing possibility. Glenn Curtiss flew a very few times, dissuaded by the winds. Someone who never flew at all? Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. a(p)n(c)

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*+

"CHAS. A. ANSCHUTZ / 212 W. 53d Street / CLEVELAND, OHIO" showing the travelling salesman posed in a Wright Biplane; postcard mailed AUG 14 1912 to publicize his imminent arrival at The Hopgood Drug Store in Warren Ohio. Contact information on back & a list of the products he represented: Wm. R. Warner & Co.; Pfeiffer Chemical Company; Fred Wright, Perfumer; Mellier High Class Perfumes; The Searle & Hereth Company; Carter Family Medicines; & Kickapoo Family Remedies. This salesman really got around the state; we find many mentions of him in trade publications (such as the Midland Druggist & Interstate Druggist) when we use Chas. & Charles from 1907 to 1915. But this postcard is the only paper memorabilia of any kind we could find when we searched the Internet. Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 each or $7.25 both. a(p)o(c)pmg

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"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)

      "COFFYN // MACHINE ASCENDING  ©1910 E. J. GODSHALL" unused postcard with unevenly divided back, very light toning near the back edges, good edges. Seldom offered. $12.50 a(p)

   
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COLLISION OF COFFY'S BIPLANE AND NOISANT MONOPLANE / INTERNATIONAL AVIATION MEET  CHICAGO AUG. 1911 // POST / 1" post card mailed at Chicago August 18 1911 to Miss Nellie Marconette in Lynchburg Ohio by her sister Theodora who reported: 'There has been two killed and 3 hurt in the Aviation meet. Will send some of the other cards later.' Long internal crease near worn left front edge, light toning both sides. $20.00 a(p)i(c)g

"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



"Compliments of the 'NEWS,' DAYTON, OHIO / THE GREAT 'WANT AD' MEDIUM / FIRST WORKSHOP OF THE WRIGHT BROTHERS, DAYTON, OHIO" shop signage reads 'PLUMBING & GAS FITTING'; & unused postcard with album toning, upper left front corner is not worn but it looks it because it is dark. 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. o(d)na(p)




 "Compliments of the 'NEWS,' DAYTON, OHIO / THE GREAT 'WANT AD' MEDIUM / MEDAL PRESENTED TO THE WRIGHT BROTHERS / BY THE CITIZENS OF DAYTON, JUNE 17, 1909" unused postcard, good edges, light album toning at the corners. 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. o(d)nna(p)

   
"Copyrighted by / F. L. Vermillion 1910 / SPRINGFIELD ILL." Governor Charles S. Deneen sits at pilot Hoxsey's right side in a Wright biplane while fair officials flank them; sepia-tone Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard. Writing over all the back: ' 1st Airplane Ressa & I ever saw. flew from Chicago to State Fair Grounds in Springfield Ill.' Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both.
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"Copyrighted by the Federal Engraving Co. 1910 / AIRSHIP ROUNDING THE $10,000 GOAL" unused postcard with divided back, minor rounding at the corners, light age-toning on back. A contrived image given away by 2 indications: no pioneer aviator in his right (forgive the pun) mind would fly that close to a lighthouse while making a turn, & the tell-tale cut-out outlines that the printer failed to obscure around the aircraft image. During the Hudson-Fulton Celebration, there was the caption's stated prize to aviators. This postcard was prepared in  advance of an aviator accomplishing that in a Wright aircraft. In essence, this was a proof done in anticipation of that accomplishment. The way you might have seen this postcard was with the copyright statement left-justified--that is, starting towards the left, as we show at the right. But our early trial had that statement centered. We have never seen it that way, except on the postcard we are offering now. The approximate dimensions of the postcard shown left are 5.543" x 3.543".  The card at the right was mailed at Barre Massachusetts on SEP 14 1911 to a Mr. Goodwill in Worcester Mass. $32.50 gets both. a(p)le

"Dayton, O.  Montgomery County Fairgrounds" showing the human American flag formed on the occasion of the Wright Celebration in June 1909; uncaptioned (so we used all the pencil writing on the back) Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard, slight oxidation consistent with age, very light album toning both sides. $15.00 a(p)o(d)f

"DELAVANS FIRST AVIATOR / PHOTO A. BASTIAND" in a detailed & close-up look; unused sepia-tone Azo (triangles up) postcard with 2 opposite corner creases, mild rounding of the corners, fairly heavy uneven toning on back. An apostrophe is missing in the caption; it should read 'DELEVAN'S FIRST AVIATOR' to indicate Delavan Illinois. This is aviator Rogers, who in October 1911 followed the line of the Chicago & Alton Railroad while traversing Tazewell County in his journey from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific. The only way we know these details is from the 'History of Washington Illinois, Sesquicentennial' book, which is a larger town also in Tazewell County. On your map, this is the leg of the Vin Fiz flight where he dropped almost due south from Peoria Illinois to Springfield Illinois; Delavan is about a third of the way. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)i(d)p

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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

   
"Drew-in-The-Air  Photo-W. H. Carlisle" sepia-tone Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard, conspicuous upper corner crease. In case it helps you to pin down either the aviator or the photographer, the writing on back reads 'Love and Kisses for Helen and Walter from Papa'. $15.00 a(p)

EDITIONS F. NUGERON. Two unused continental postcards reproducing early French aviation poster art. Left: "MEETING d'AVIATION / 1--25 / AVRIL / 1910 / NICE". Right: Signed art of H. L. Roowy, from their 'NOS TRANSPORTS EN 1900' Series. Both in excellent condition. $2.00 either one. a(p)p

   
"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. Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. a(p)i(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.
Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. a(p)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

   
"Emblem Motorcycle winning first race ever / run in the United States between a Motor- / cycle and a Flying Machine. L. S. Taylor, / rider, at Columbus, Ohio, October 8, 1910-- / 2 Miles. Time. 2 min. 5 sec." printed postcard mailed DEC 14 1912 at Angola New York to George E. Valentine 28 Yard Avenue in Trenton New Jersey, light reddish toning over much of the back, tiny bottom corner crease, minor rounding to the corners. Form on back is filled in as follows: 'We acknowledge, with thanks, receipt of your favor of 12-12-12 for piston head in rough + $1.00 This order will have our prompt and careful attention, shipment being made at earliest possible date. EMBLEM MFG. CO. / ANGOLA, (Erie Co.) N.Y'.
We are told that the date in the front caption may well be close but wrong. Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. a(p)mro(c)

      "Eugene Heath of the American Aviators and his Aeroplane." unused sepia-tone postcard with many long thin light lines of toning on back contributed by an inappropriate album. The only mentions we could find of this aviator were in the 1911 - 1914 timeframe; he made an appearance at Uniontown Pennsylvania on July 16 1914. $11.00 a(p)

"EVERY CLOUD HAS A SILVER LINING // GET ON AN AIR SHIP AND CATCH A CLOUD 104" with art depicting an aviatrix on an unused embossed postcard with divided back, minor corner wear, toning near the upper back edge. 1911 copyright notice near the lower left front corner yields on magnification. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)

"First Auckland to Wellington Flight October 4th 1921 / WELLINGTON / NEW ZEALAND" with art in vertical format depicting the Supermarine Channel flying boat, unused continental post card in excellent condition. $1.50 na(p)*

     
"First National Aviation Meet. Indianapolis Motor Speedway, June, 1910. / POST CARD COPYRIGHT 1910 by N. H. LOSEY ART CO., INDIANAPOLIS, IND. / (From copyright photo by C. F. Bretzman.)" postcard mailed AUG 31 1910 from Pendleton Indiana to Mr. J. W. Rodgers in Logansport Indiana, both sides with spotty toning, minor corner wear. Rare.
Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. a(p)i(i)r

   
"FIVE HUNDRED FEET IN THE AIR / At Wright Brothers Training Ground, Dayton, Ohio / Published by R. S. McHenry, Dayton, Ohio" postcard with evenly divided back, mailed SEP 29 1911 (DET. & CIN. R.P.O cancel) to Miss Anna Butcher in Bellevue Ohio, postage was due (violet handstamp of Postmaster Elias R. Monfort ties stamp), light toning on back probably from the printing process itself, light spotty toning on front, soft corners. More precisely the training ground mentioned in the caption on back was actually Sims Station, also known as Huffman Prairie, 8 miles north-east of Dayton. Rare. $20.00 a(p)o(s)g-o
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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*

   
"Flying Airships at New York State Fair, Syracuse, N. Y." unused post card published by Ralph Finney in New York (his number P-68499), minor wear at one upper corner, back in good shape. The Museum of Play exhibits a sepia-tone version at its website, so please check your albums. $8.50 a(p)n(s)

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"Forest Park, St. Louis, Mo. / BALLOON AND AIRSHIP CONTESTS / CENTENNIAL WEEK / Saint Louis" post card mailed August 17 1910 from Saint Louis, faint lower corner crease, a little toning near the edges of both sides. Rare. $15.00 a(p)bm(s)

   
"FOR HOME AND COUNTRY. / ARMY FLIER IN ACTION / © Pict. News Co." post card mailed JUL 26 1918 from Colchester Illinois to Miss Minnie Hazlett in Parnassus Pennsylvania by her sister, corners creased & rounded a bit. From a patriotic series of postcards used in the Liberty Loan campaign of World War I; this being the hardest one to find. $12.50 a(p)a(m)pw

"Front View of Atwoods Aeroplane" with a crowd gathered around, unused sepia-tone real photo with spotty & ugly toning in the front sky, small upper corner crease, unevenly toned back especially in the stamp corner. Rare. $20.00 a(p)

   
"Ft. MYER Va." with a panorama of the Fort shown beneath the biplane; handwritten caption on a sepia-tone real photo postcard mailed AUG 6 1909 from Washington DC Station G to Mr. Troy Smith in Portland Indiana. Messaged in part by Chester Berry: 'I certainly wish  you could have seen some of the Wright Bros flights, they certainly were grand.' Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. a(p)a(m)v(f)

"FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4th 1910 // Dayton, Ohio, the home / town of Orville and / Wilbur Wright, who solv- / ed the secret of aerial navigation, was founded / 115 years ago today." unused postcard from the Historical Advertising Compnay of New York, light toning near the front edges. The advertising merchant was supposed to supply a handstamp in the front area. But most if not all merchants decided not to buy a card that would only be good one day--which explains why this card is rarely seen stamped or unstamped. $12.50 a(p)o(d)ha

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"Gand / 1913 / Le grand Bassin et le Palais des beaux Arts…" with aircraft overhead, 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)

"GEORGE FOWLER" seated in his biplane, postcard published by Max Rigot in the Chicago Powers Building, message inked neatly over all the back: 'This is the man that started from California and had bad luck but as the paper states he will take the flight up again. Rodgers is certainly doing well they seen him when he flew over here the girls were telling me.' The aviators mentioned were competing for the $50,000 transcontinental flight prize in opposite directions. Distracting spot of yellowish-gray toning from the top border of both sides, trivial corner wear. Rare in any condition. $40.00 a(p)

"GEORGE WOODBINE / Hawker Harts at Upper Heyford" unused black & white continental post card, corner wear. $1.00 a(p). Same but light toning near one back corner. $0.75 a(p)

      "GRANT - PK. AERO - MEET -  1911" more fully the Grant Park Chicago meet sponsored by the Aero Club of America & held 8/12-20/11; unused PMO (diamonds in corners) real photo with low contrast & fuzzy focus, pushpin discoloration at the front corners of both sides, toned both sides. This meet drew many aviators with a $100,000 prize fund; 2 of them met with their deaths. PMO real photos are rare; Playle's real photo identification webpage lists only 1 known from 1907. $16.00 a(p)i(c)

Group of 4 small sepia-tone photos, captioned only with people's names (Mr. Dolan, Boyd, me, Mary), album fragment from below reads "First flight...New Orleans". They are shown standing next to the biplane in 3 shots, and 3 seated in the biplane in another. All 4 postcards for $20.00 la(p)

"HAPPY ON THE WAY TO THE / EASTERN IOWA EXPOSITION / Cedar Rapids, Iowa. / ... / Iowa's Leading Event for 1911" post card mailed there SEP 15 1911 to Mrs. Susie Chase in Battle Creek Michigan by her cousin, back unevenly toned, good edges. In other more specific advertising we have seen that Wright Brothers biplanes were promised to fly every afternoon there, and prizes were offered to aviators who appeared. $10.00 a(p)i(c)

"Harry N. Atwood flying over / THE HOME OF FALSTAFF / prior to his departure for New York, / Aug. 14, 1911, using the Brewery's / Stack, the largest and highest in St. Louis, as a guide." on a windy day, judging by the smoke; unused postcard bearing the logo of LEMP ST. LOUIS over the back message area, light toning on back. Seldom offered. $15.00 a(p)bm(s)

"Harry N. Atwood on His Record Breaking Trip from St. Louis to New York  1265 Miles" with an inset portrait on an unused post card from an undisclosed publisher, very light toning both sides, good edges. Rare. $20.00 a(p)


HARVARD-BOSTON AVIATION MEET OF 1910
Second meet in US history, at which many records were broken.
Held at Atlantic Massachusetts (now Squantum) September 3rd - 13th.

      "AVIATOR CURTIS FLYING / GLEN CURTIS." that is, Glenn Curtiss when correctly spelled; post card with contemporary news clippings detailing his accomplishments & prize money, good edges, a little light fingerprint toning both sides.

    "BROOKINS / Brookins in the Clouds // ©1910 E. J. GODSHALL" postcard with contemporary news clippings detailing his accomplishments & prize money, tiny bottom corner crease, light album toning near the back corners.

"Brooklins on Wright Biplane. / Copyright By Aram, Boston" with a date September 8 handwritten in the sky, unused postcard with 2 long creases through the upper left front corner, 2 small creases at the opposite corner, a lot of spotty toning on back obscures nothing. The spelling of the aviator's last name should be Brookins in the caption; we have seen that error slip by at least one knowledgeable auctioneer. On September 8 1910 Brookins competed for the altitude record at the Harvard-Boston Aviation Meet of 1910 and won. This card is in the style of others issued for that meet.

    "JOHNSTONE / Machine in Mid-Air / ©1910 E. J. GODSHALL" post card with contemporary news clippings detailing his accomplishments & prize money, tiny bottom corner crease, light album toning near the back corners, good edges. Annotation by hand: 'Killed at Denver Nov 17, 1910". Very light toning both sides.

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"HARVARD CUP / FIRST AMATEUR PRIZE IN / BOMB DROPPING CONTEST // PHOTO BY / ARAM" unused postcard with unevenly divided back, 3 small corner creases, a little wear at all corners. The Harvard Aviation Field was located in Quincy Massachusetts. The contest, demonstrating a form of defence against naval attack, was reported in the Aug 28 1910 New York Times, page 20. Rare. $18.00 a(p)a(m)c(h)m(q)

"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

   
"HOXEY(sic) READY TO START  WILLARD IN THE AIR  18" unused sepia-tone Azo (triangles up) real photo post card. More fully, and as explained for a corrected postcard (issued by Cardinell-Vincent Company) shown at the California State Library site, this shows Arch Hoxsey on December 31 1910 at Los Angeles preparing for the very flight in which he lost his life. The biplane shown already in the air was piloted by Charles Willard. Rare: because of the error, this was never printed in quantity; and once the loss of life was paramount, Willard's name was left out of revised captions. To our knowledge we are the only one who has ever offered this version of the card. $150.00 a(p)c(l)
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"HOXSEY FLYING" unused sepia-tone Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard, oxidation consistent with circa-1910 age, long bluish scratch in the lower left of the image, dark album marks at the back corners, good edges. Rare. $20.00 a(p)

"Hoxsey starting on Altitude Record Breaking Flight" his Wright Model B kicking up dust & including a well-dressed crowd of spectators in the foreground; unused Cyko real photo post card, oxidation consistent with age, light toning near the back edges, good edges. Nice you-are-there kind of feeling to it. The date & location are necessarily December 26 1912 at Dominguez Field near Los Angeles California. Hoxsey would die 5 days later trying to beat his own record there. Rare. $125.00 a(p)c(d)

"Hydroplane in Flight Over Lake Worth.  Palm Beach, Fla. / © Photo by Jennings Nuangola, Pa." unused sepia-tone Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard. More fully, the photographer was J. T. Jennings from Nuangola Pennsylvania, who was known to photograph races in the southern US. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)f(p)p

"If I could drive an aeroplane / And sail up through the skies, / I'd get the kind of appetite / That Campbell's satisfies // 10¢ a can  // COPYRIGHT 1912 BY JOSEPH CAMPBELL COMPANY 5" advertising postcard mailed JUN 23 1912 to Miss Florence Smith in Valparaiso Indiana. Campbell's printed offer on back is for a set of six cards 'upon receipt of 6 cts in stamps'. Minor corner wear, very light toning both sides. Rare. Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. a(p)fa  

"ILLINOIS STATE FAIR, SEPTEMBER 30 to OCTOBER 7, 1910 / The Thrilling Race Between Oldfield and Wright Brothers Biplane" in Springfield; unused postcard with unevenly divided back, trimmed on both long edges to fit into someone's album (sob!). At the time Barney Oldfield was the holder of the world speed record (131.724 mph), driving his 'Blitzen Benz'. Rare, so doubly unfortunate: no other offers, past or present, and no exhibitions whatever when we searched the Internet. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)i(s)r

"In nineteen hundred and sixteen / We all shall be flying--perhaps! / And racing with sea-gulls and thunder clouds / In dizzy aerial laps // ... // Then all will be joy to the chaps who fly, / But days full of fear and dread / For the common people who have to dodge / things dropping from overhead // ..." and 2 more 4-line verses giving the perspective of pioneer aviation as seen by the common man; postcard mailed SEP 5 1910 from Detroit Michigan to Mrs. M. Galley in St. Johns Michigan, trivial corner wear, light toning near the edges. Hard to find & amusing. $8.00 a(p)p

   
"Inspection and Review" postcard published by H. N. Stratton in Chattanooga Tennessee, mailed JUL 26 1915 from Yellow Springs Ohio to Mr. John Justice in New Lexington Ohio, minor wear at 3 corners, a lot of uneven toning on back. The Gilliam Post Card Collection in the Steely Library Archives has a monochromatic version of this without the biplane; they place the location at Fort Thomas Kentucky. $12.00 a(p)k(f)






"INTERNATIONAL AVIATION MEET CHICAGO / AUGUST 12-20" publicity for the 1911 event,  with signed Dewitz art; unused postcard, very faint approximately 1-inch internal crease running horizontally under the caption, trivial corner & edge wear, light toning on back. $10.00 a(p)a(d)i(c)

   
"IN THE CLOUDS / At Wright Brothers Training Ground, Dayton, Ohio / Published by R. S. McHenry, Dayton, Ohio" unused postcard with evenly divided back, light toning on back probably from the printing process itself, good edges. More precisely the training ground mentioned in the caption on back was actually Sims Station, also known as Huffman Prairie, 8 miles north-east of Dayton. Rare. $17.00 a(p)o(s)
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"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. $110.00 a(p)gc(l)b

   
"J. C. Turpin - Wright. / Copyright applied for. U. S. Pub. House, Chicago" postcard with writing on the back indicating '1911 meet', letter penned in the caption area, just a little wear on the bottom edge. 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)

   
"John Ahlers, delivering package of parts to be delivered to our Cleveland agency by the first Air Express to leave Dayton" rare clipping from the NCR News that is simply not available any other way. Approximately 3" square, it was neatly cut & preserved in a postcard sleeve without toning. The previous owner's pencilled annotation, attempting to identify the pilot, is definitely incorrect & can be cut off if you wish. A search of the Internet found almost no information pertaining to this flight. $10.00 a(p)o(d)g(a)

"JOHNSTONE / MACHINE IN MID~AIR // © 1910 E. J. GODSHALL" post card with legible writing over all the unevenly divided back, including 'suppose we will see people riding in the are(sic) soon...', trivial wear at 2 corners, lightly toned front. $9.00 a(p)







"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. SOLD 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

   
"LEAVING THE MONORAIL / At Wright Brothers Training Ground, Dayton, Ohio / Published by R. S. McHenry, Dayton, Ohio" postcard with evenly divided back, mailed DEC 1 1910 at Dayton in Louisville Kentucky, minor corner wear. Message in part: 'This is one of the first Machine there shop is about 4 squares away from where I live they are working night work at present the plant looks real nice lit up. Em' Name penciled neatly at the top back center explains that Em is Emond Steinway. More precisely the training ground mentioned in the caption on back was actually Sims Station, also known as Huffman Prairie, 8 miles north-east of Dayton. To the best of our knowledge this is only the second time this postcard has been offered on the Internet. $20.00 a(p)o(s)
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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 but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)m(a)t(e)

"Lieut. John Rogers making Flight in Wright Biplane at / U. S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md." post card mailed OCT 11 1914 with Balboa stamp to R. B. Allardice in Providence Rhode Island, published by I. & M. Ottenheimer in Baltimore, made in the USA, a little toning at the left back edge, trivial corner rounding. Once you realize the surname in the caption is misspelled--Rogers should be Rodgers--it all make sense. Pioneer aviator Calbraith P. Rodgers demonstrated the possibility of carrying mail by airplane, in part by delivering mail to his brother Lieutenant John R. Rogers at Annapolis. Rare, quite possibly because of the important misspelling. $20.00 a(p)m(n)g(r)

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"Love at its Height" 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*

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Lovers secluded in biplanes? Classic-era publishers were quick to seize upon the idea! We have several examples in our Lovers postcards.

"MANEUVERS ENCAMPMENT FORT SAM HOUSTON  SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS" imperfectly rectangular postcard with extensive erasures on both sides of its back, published by Dahrooge Post Card Company, small lower corner crease. Rare in any condition. $12.00 a(p)a(m)m(a)t(f)



"MAX LILLIE  WORLD'S GREATEST AVIATOR" close enough to pick up clothing & mechanical details, unused monochromatic postcard, minor corner wear, lightly toned front, toned back. Max was the Best Brothers original flight instructor. He held the first Expert Aviator Certificate issued by the Aero Club of America. He was killed flying a Wright biplane in September 1913 at Galesburg Illinois District Fair when a wing collapsed. Seldom offered; seldom seen. $50.00 a(p)s

      "Mechanism of a Wright Biplane" postcard from VO Hammon Publishing, unused, divided back with a little toning near its edges. Interesting & rare. $50.00 a(p)m NEW / NEU / NOVA

"Model B" Wright biplane, with pertinent information on back & showing the US stamp which honored it, oversized (5"x7") post card postcard, near mint. $0.75

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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. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)pc






"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

"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. Orville Wright on his Glider" unused post card from Valentine's Artotype Series, printed in Great Britain, trivial corner rounding. Rare: the only other example we found on a thorough Internet search was autographed & offered for $3,995.00! We need a more affordable $39.00. a(p)f

   
"Mr. WRIGHT. / Wright's Biplane" unused postcard with good edges, light fingerprint toning both sides. Wilbur, of course [no mustache], very light toning both sides. 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. 18  TOLEDO YACHT CLUB SHOWING ATWOOD LEAVING / TOLEDO FOR CLEVELAND AUG. 17, 1911" postcard mailed there JUL 23 1914 to Miss Esther Briggs in Springfield Ohio, tiny upper corner crease, a small paper separation at one bottom corner, other corners with minor wear. $8.00 a(p)o(t)

"No. C 1641.  Aeroplane at Narragansett Park, Near Providence, R. I." unused postcard published by Blanchard Young & Company in Providence, very light album toning at the back edges, good edges. The date was September 2 1912. The location was over the old racetrack. The aviators were Lincoln Beachey (30 minutes, including maneuvers such as shown here) & Miss Ruth Bancroft Law (10 minutes, the first woman to fly in Rhode Island). A crowd of 100,00 was entertained, as reported by The Sun, a New York newspaper of the day. Rare: when searching the Internet for this image, we only found an exhibit at the New England Aviation History website, but no other offers, past or present. $18.00
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"NOTABLE EVENTS // Indianapolis, June 14th, 1910: Brookins takes passenger up to about 800 feet / [ditto] June 17th, 1910: Brookins ascends to 4939 feet above sea-level. / Atlantic City, July 9th, 1910: Brookins ascends 6175 feet above sea-level // All the above worlds records were made with Wright biplanes equipped with Mea magnetos as sole ignition device. / Compliments of Marburg Brothers, 1777 Broadway New York" advertising postcard mailed AUG 5 1910 at Station G of New York City to Mr. W. E. Hannum in Lynn Massachusetts, corners with small creases & rounding, cancel doubled up, a few small spots of dark toning near the top back edge. The Indy events were held at the Speedway there, with Orville & Wilbur Wright making an appearance for the National Aviation Meet. Mea magnetos were mostly used on automobiles, such as the Mercedes, at that time by their German manufacturer. The Midtown Manhattan address given no longer exists; we are told a skyscraper is planned for it and the nearby locations. Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. a(p)i(i)n(a)a

"NX62E / Billy Parker" flying a 1912 Model Curtis Pusher, with an ad on back for Phillips 66 aviation gasoline, unused postcard, light toning near the stamp box & the left front border, otherwise fairly fresh. Mr. Parker was long-time manager of Aviation Sales at Phillips Petroleum Company from 1927 on. The "pusher" shown was his own successful design which first conquered the altitudes of his native Colorado, and later was demonstrated  for Phillips publicity purposes. $9.50 a(p)onm

"OELMAN  WRIGHT  FLYER" unused circa-1910 Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard, lightly toned front, good edges. A descendant of this aeronaut founded Wright State University in Ohio. Rare. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)c(w)g(o)

"ORIGINAL WRIGHT AEROPLANE. / This was the first power-driven, may-carrying aeroplane to make a free controlled and sustained flight. / It was designed and built by Wilbur and Orville Wright and flown by them on December 17, 1903. The / aeroplane has been lent by Mr. Orville Wright. / The Science Museum, London, No. 108." unused photogravure post card by Waterlow & Sons, tiny upper corner crease. In a spat with the Smithsonian's initial assertions, this American artifact wound up overseas for a while! Do not buy an expensive print; instead, own the original card for less! $9.00 a(p)h

   
"Orville Wright and his sister giving an exhibition preparatory to the Aviation Meet July 31st. This is easy when you know how." uncaptioned real photo postcard (so we used most of the writing on back for the caption), mailed JUL 25 1911 at Colorado Springs. The Wright Chronology at the National Air and Space Museum does not have an entry for this time period. But, as noted in Edward J. Roach's book, the exhibition department of the Wright Company did go to Colorado Springs--Roach just does not specify when. This is a photographer's prop; the plane is not in flight. How do we know for sure? Look at her skirt. It is not billowing up. If they were really aloft, then she would be wearing a fashionable hobble skirt (very tight at the bottom) to prevent her unmentionables from being show. A great card that fills in some blanks in the historical record. $100.00 a(p)c(c)


"ORVILLE WRIGHT and LIEUT. FOULOIS, Before Their Flight To / ALEXANDRIA, JUL 30 -1909-"
unused Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard, a little toning at the center front edge. 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. This day was the speed trial flight there. Rare. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)a(m)v(f)

"ORVILLE WRIGHT and LIEUT. LAHM  STARTING ON THEIR RECORD / FLIGHT - JULY 27 - 1909  Copy'gt Cramer" from Fort Myer Virginia, unused Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard with oxidation consistent with age, very light toning near the back edges, good edges all around. More fully, Lt. Frank P. Lahm was passenger when the Wright Military Flyer as loft for more than an hour, meeting the US Army Signal Corps Specification Number 486. Taken when the Wright aircraft was first being evaluated by the US Army from an historic series copyrighted by G. M. Cramer (Washington DC), who also assisted in timing some flights there. Rare. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)a(m)g(l)v(f)

   
"ORVILLE WRIGHT  WILBUR WRIGHT / Compliments of the 'NEWS,' DAYTON OHIO" postcard mailed May 24 1909 at Dayton to Miss Emma Schorr in Cincinnati by her sister Bertha, inviting her to come to the Celebration, very light even toning both sides, trivial wear at 2 corners. The white at the left of Wilbur's portrait is not a scrape, just something light that was actually in the background when the picture was taken. Seldom offered. $12.50 a(p)o(d)g(s)
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"Oscar Brindley in Wright Bioplane" biplane misspelled as reported here, postcard mailed JUL 18 1912 to Miss Laura Mohr in Shelbyville Indiana, light album marks at the corners of both sides, small bottom corner crease, small scrape near the right back edge obscures nothing. This view shows him with the Wright Model B aeroplane he piloted to victory at the August 12-20 1911 Chicago International Meet. An account of his exploits is at http://www.earlyaviators.com/ Rare. $40.00 a(p)i(c)

   
"O. WRIGHT  Pioneer's Latest Biplane, Baby Grand  W. WRIGHT" unused postcard with undivided back, toning both sides, minor corner wear.
More completely this view was at the International Aviation Tournament was held 22-30 October 1910 at Belmont Park, Long Island, New York. We know this from a similar postcard which was more specific about the time & place. Two different Wright planes were flown: the Model R & the Baby Grand. $20.00 a(p)n(b)

"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 AND / HIS MACHINE / NO. YAKIMA, WN. / WHITE" sepia-tone real photo postcard with a mourning border, mailed JUN 23 1912 from Portland Oregon to Mr. J. Ivan Elkin in Portland, forwarded from the Imperial Hotel (per its violet mark on the back) to a PO Box in Tacoma Washington, writing in German mostly & a little English on both sides.  Germanic script is hard to read but does not reference the tragic death days earlier; instead it is just a friendly message between 2 men. Rare: nothing like it exhibited or offered when we searched the Internet recently.
Sold but both side still available for scholarly study & research as enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. a(p)w(n)

     
"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
. Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. a(p)a(m)c(s)

   
"Parmalee in Baby Wright Racer  13 / ©" real photo postcard manufactured by the J. Bowers Photo Company in Long Beach California, photograph copyrighted by the Benham Company (official meet photographers) in 1910, mailed at Los Angeles JAN 7 1911 to Miss Mar Hedges in Spokane Washington, 2 small corner creases. Message helps us get the year (obsured in cancel) correctly: 'We were out to the Aviation Meet New Years day. Seen several of the air ships go up. This among them. Hox(s)ey was killed the day before we were out. Brookins did some exhibition flying. We like Lathem(sic) best ..." Shot 73 of this meet series is the same subject but at a greater distance; it is in the collection of the California State Library. Our exact image is but partially displayed in Professor H. La V. Twining's article in Aeronautics, Volume 8 No. 2 (February 1911). Rare.
Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. a(p)c(l)

"PARMELEE / PARMELEE" the first air cargo pilot, in flight with an inset portrait; unused postcard with unevenly divided back & good edges. Rare: no other offers or exhibits found when we searched the Internet. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)f

 
"Parmelee Wright Biplane" unused Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard with a vertical crease from top-to-bottom, oxidation consistent with age, a couple fingerprint spots on front.
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)

"Phil O. Parmalee, Famous Wright Aviator / Souvenir of Oakland San Francisco Aviation / Meet Feb. 17 To 25 - 1912" including a close-up of the radiator & some of the engine of his aircraft, neat writing above the caption 'Killed at North Yakima, wash. -6-1-12'; sepia-tone Azo (triangles up) real photo with good edges, light oxidation consistent with age, initials pencilled in the message area will probably erase, 2 small spots of toning near the left back edge, rest of the back lightly toned. Rare: nothing like it found offered or exhibited when we searched the Internet. The correct spelling of the aviator's name is Parmelee, but as far as we can tell, this image with correct spelling does not exist at all. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)fw(n)

     
"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. Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. a(p)i(i)r

"Prairie Lake, Cameron, Wisconsin" small captioned real photo affixed over the saying "Everyone is a Dam Fool Ten Minutes Each Day; Safety Consists in not exceeding the Limit' -- Elbert Hubbard", founder of the Roycroft artisan community. Both the lake & the Village are in Barron County Wisconsin. Postcard mailed OCT 8 1910 at Cameron to Mrs. M. J. Apker in Minneapolis Minnesota. There were not many aviators in Wisconsin in 1910: Arthur Pratt Warner & Bessie Faith Raiche are the ones we know, both of Beloit. $15.00 a(p)w(p)

"Published by Max Rigot, Powers Bldg., Chicago" unused & uncaptioned (so we quote text from the back) postcard with 3 bottom corner creases (1 is long). The numbering of the aeroplane is incorrectly shown in mirror image; it is unlikely many circulated after that error was noticed. The placement of that numbering on the tail & under the wing strongly suggests that the view is from the Chicago Aviation Meet of 1911. $7.00 a(p)

   
"R31439/ Stumpf standing beside Biplane / that has just turned turtle with Aviator Lockwood Feb. 1912." unused postcard made in USA & published for J. G. Stumpf, multiple creases at the bottom front corner, tiny bend at the opposite corner. Rare
. $17.00 a(p)g(s)

   
"RALPH JOHNSTONE" sepia-tone Azo (triangles up) real photo from Cole & Co. in Asbury Park New Jersey, oxidation consistent with circa-1910 age, long bluish scratch in the lower left of the image, album toning on back, good edges. Writing on back as follows: '37686 / October 29, 1910 / [signature]'. This member of the Wright exhibition team died shortly thereafter, on November 17 1910. Rare. $20.00 a(p)

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)

"S 219 / 'Whether it's Land, Sea or Sky' / use / POLARINE" advertising post card with Polarine logo in blue in the message area, mailed 1911 at Philadelphia Pennsylvania to Mr. J. D. Miller in Thompson Pennsylvania, just a little toning on both sides, good edges. Rare. $15.00 a(p)a

     
"S. C. Christy Aviator / Winnemucca, Nev. / July 4, 1916" postcard with a strip of American flag pasted securely wrapped around it, postmarked Winnemucca JUL 4 1916. Stamp fell off the far right center of the back but we have it & will provide it. Pencil writing on message side repeats the captioning on front because the white-on-gray is a little hard to read without magnification. Apparently photographed in advance for an amateur aviator who carried flags aloft on the local Fourth celebration, adding & pasting fragments to create souvenirs, probably in part to finance the expense of the flight, the local postmaster cooperating to confirm flown status. At this time aviators were still trying to reach Nevada by crossing the Sierras, and first achieved that goal on March 22 1919. $100.00 a(p)n(w)g(c)ff

"Scene at Fair Grd. Rapids 1911. / ©" Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard with writing on back exhorting someone to write, publisher unidentified, oxidation consistent with age, good edges. On 12 September 1911 aviator J. Clifford Turpin from the Wright Brothers' Exhibition Team flew the first flight over Grand Rapids starting at Comstock Park, site of the West Michigan State Fair. The aircraft was a 2-seated Model B, prop facing backwards. Rare. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)m(g)

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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.

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





See also our pioneer aviation-inspired Dutch Children aviator postcards, in a very special section at this site!






See also our offer of a "Hobble Skirt Fashion" postcard collection. Inspired during the days of pioneer aviation (1910 - 1915), when adventurous ladies insisted on being taken aloft in biplanes, but without their skirts billowing up to reveal the unmentionables beneath. Example shown here: "I can't kick."








"'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. $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)

      "SOUVENIR CARD / ASBURY PARK / WILBUR WRIGHT / WALTER BROOKINS // BE SURE TO STAY AT / Hotel Colonial Frank Hewitt Asbury Park // BI=ig Airship Meet here, August 10 to 19 inclusive. Come down and watch the fliers / GET A COPY OF LIPPINCOTT'S MAGAZINE" postcard with unevenly divided back, mailed at Asbury Park AUG 22 1910 to Woodbridge New Jersey (where it was received the same day), long upper corner crease, toning near the top front edge, all corners with minor wear & rounding. Rare. Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)n(a)

"SPRINGFIELD MINN. / IS ALL (W)RIGHT // WIDE AWAKE AND UP TO DATE / NO BETTER TOWN IN ANY STATE // © / FRANK SCOBIE" with a clock sign outside a furniture & undertaker store on the left side, horse-drawn wagons on the right; contrived circa-1910 Azo (triangles up) real photo post card with oxidation consistent with our estimated age, good edges. The biplane is obviously added in: no one would think of flying one so close to electric lines, and the horses would have been spooked. Photographer Scobie worked out of Sleepy Eye Minnesota & was quite prolific, but this is only the second one of this image we have seen in 33+ years of dealing! Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)m(s)p


"STARTING THE ENGINE  © 1910 E. J. GODSHALL" unused postcard with unevenly divided back, very light toning on back probably from the printing process itself. Hard to find! $18.00 a(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. Sold but front sides still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 any or $9.75 for all. apa(p)f

   
"Taken @ Fort Ethan Allen, Vt." uncaptioned (so we use all the writing on the back) Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard with fuzzy focus, circa 1913-1914, when aeroplanes were being evaluated there for use with Army cavalry forces, good edges all around, fairly fresh for its age. $15.00 a(p)m(a)a(m)v(f)

   
"Taken in 1911 at Tulsa Oklahoma." uncaptioned (so we used all the writing on the back) Azo (squares in corners) real photo postcard numbered 49 on front, chemical spots on the negative showing but the biplane is sharp & unaffected, back toned near the edges. Undoubtedly
this shows L. W. Bonney flying at the Tulsa County Fair, Oct 16 - 21, 1911. Rare. $25.00 a(p)o(t)

"TAKING THE WRIGHT AEROPLANE FROM ITS SHED / Copy'gt Cramer" unused Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard with good edges, oxidation consistent with 1909 age, very slight curl to the paper no problem in any album, very light toning near the back edges, good edges all around. Taken when the Wright aircraft was first being evaluated by the US Army from an historic series copyrighted by G. M. Cramer from Washington DC, who also assisted in timing some flights there. Rare. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)a(m)v(f)

   
"Teddy's First Flight / With Hox(s)ey - October 11, 1910" showing President Theodore Roosevelt about to become the nation's first airborne president; uncaptioned postcard (so we used some of the writing on back) mailed OCT 26 1910 at Saint Louis Missouri to Miss Edna Mueller in Nashville Illinois, long horizontal crease through the center, 2 corners with small creases, indent in one short edge pressed out fairly well, a lot of toning on back. Sender writes in part: 'The arerial(sic) flights here last week were something great. We also had a 4 day street fair.' As is.
Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. a(p)pr

   
"TEN-MILE RACE BETWEEN AEROPLANE AND AN AUTOMOBILE, ONE OF THE EVENTS OF THE / NEW ST. LOUIS FAIR, SEPTEMBER 23 TO 28, INCLUSIVE, 1912." publicity postcard mailed SEP 11 1912 at Saint Louis to Mr. & Mrs. F. C. Beck in Bement Illinois, light album toning at the corners of both sides, trivial corner wear. Exceptionally interesting back lists 24 scheduled events, including: mule races, bicycle races, exhibition of bloodhounds, trotting races, Kline's Midway Shows, aeroplane flights, apple show, baby show, and Joe Joker (guideless wonder horse who raced without driver or jockey). Further notes 'SPECIAL RATES ON ALL RAILROADS'. Rare. Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. a(p)m(s)r

   
"TESTING A WRIGHT MACHINE AT / SAM HOUSTON TEXAS // WASSON PHOTO" with numerous tents below at Fort Sam Houston; sepia-tone real photo post card with good focus & contrast for details, mailed MAR 27 1911 at San Antonio to Mr. M. L. Anderson in Ghent Minnesota by his brother, oxidation consistent with age, small upper corner crease, minor wear to the bottom edge. Messaged in part: 'This areoplane have seen fly it goes 50 or 60 mi an hour..." At this time there were not more than 3 pilots there, all newly arrived graduates of the Glen H. Curtis School of Aviation at San Diego, who would serve as instructors. The Army accepted a Curtiss Model D Type IV as their second aircraft there in late April 1911; therefore, the plane on this postcard is necessarily their first.  Flying was hazardous in those days; on 10 May 1911 2nd Lieutenant George E. M. Kelly was killed there during a pilot qualification flight. Have only seen this offered one other time in the last 30 years.
Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. a(p)a(m)m(a)t(f)

     
"The Big Wright Aeroplane ready for flight. Atlantic City, N. J. July 1910" with the date in our caption penned in on the card, post card published by I. & M. Ottenheimer in Baltimore, mailed AUG 11 1910 from Atlantic City to Mr. E. G. Reid in Boston Massachusetts, a little cancel ink shows in the sky, light toning along the left front edge, good edges. Messaged in part: 'I suppose you saw in paper about Brookins being seriously injured & machine wrecked at Asbury Park yesterday. The picture shows his machine it has runners.' Seldom offered. $20.00 a(p)n(a)

   
"THE FAMOUS BABY WRIGHT WITH PARMALEE UP" postcard manufactured by Cardinell-Vincent Company in San Francisco, mailed there JAN 10 1911. Writing on front: ' This man did some great stunts Sunday and we'll see him again today.' The pilot's last name is sometimes seen spelled Parmelee. Rare.
Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)



"The Famous Wrights: Orville, Katherine and Wilbur" unused postcard, small bottom corner crease not into the image, seldom offered. $12.00 a(p)

"The Highest Point of Perfection // I WILL DROP OFF / AND SEE YOU IN A FEW DAYS. SAVE ME / YOUR ORDERS FOR SAUSAGE CASINGS, / PURE SPICES, FLOUR, AND SUPPLIES OF / ALL KINDS. // MR. CONRAD YEAGER / REPRESENTING WOLF, SAYER & HELLER, Inc. / CHICAGO AND NEW YORK" post card mailed AUG 23 1909 from Chicago to H. Finders in Zanesville Ohio, small upper corner crease, stamp damaged by sender before cancellation, toning near the edges of both sides. Hard to find! $12.50 a(p)fg

The human flag, and the presentation of medals to the Wright Brothers before it during the 1909 Dayton celebration, is the sole subject of a specialized section on our Flags postcard webpage. Just click the hyperlink to visit.


"THE 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. 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. 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)arn(w)

"The Landing / PHOTO BY Godshall Bros. / Dayton, O." unused sepia-tone Cyko real photo postcard of a Wright biplane taking off, oxidation consistent with age, trivial edge wear, album toning near the back edges. The brothers' studio was at 1009 West Third Street; the first Wright bicycle shop was at 1005 West Third Street; & the second Wright bicycle shop was also nearby at 1034 West Third Street. The locational information is from another postcard. Rare. ON OFFER o(d)a(p)p(g)

   
"THE NATIONAL AEROPLANE FIELD  COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND" unused post card mailed there OCT 13 1909 The National Aeroplane Field (Airport) at College Park, Maryland, 2 small upper creases, a few tiny spots of cancel ink in the left front sky. Back message, in part: 'This is Wright flying machine. I saw him go up on the 9''. The airport was created August 1909 by the Army Signal Corp so that Wilbur Wright could train two military officers in the art of flying the Wright Type A biplane. In 32+ years of dealing we have seen only one other example; ours is the earliest usage & in better condition. $35.00 a(p)m(c)a(m)m(a)

"THE NATION, STATE and CITY WELCOME THE WORLDS GREATEST AVIATORS // DAYTON, OHIO / JUNE 17-18-1909" postcard mailed JUN 15 1909 at Dayton to Mr. John L. Smith in Germantown Ohio from both his children. $20.00 a(p)o(d)

"THE NATION, STATE and CITY WELCOME THE WORLDS GREATEST AVIATORS // DAYTON, OHIO / JUNE 17-18-1909 // THE EDWARDS LUMBER CO. / CINCINNATI, OHIO  DAYTON, OHIO / Walnut, Cherry, Ash, Poplar, Chestnut / Plain and Quartered Oak / WRITE FOR DELIVERED PRICED" pre-printed message dated days earlier, punning on the Wright name & signed 'Nellie'; small spot of light toning in address area, good edges. Rare. $25.00 a(p)o(d)l

   
"The Start / PHOTO BY Godshall Bros. / Dayton, O." sepia-tone Cyko real photo of a Wright biplane taking off, oxidation consistent with age, trivial edge wear, light fingerprint toning on back. The brothers' studio was at 1009 West Third Street; the first Wright bicycle shop was at 1005 West Third Street; & the second Wright bicycle shop was also nearby at 1034 West Third Street. The locational information is pencilled neatly on the back. Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 each. o(d)a(p)p(g)

   
"The Start / PHOTO BY Godshall Bros. / Dayton, O." sepia-tone Cyko real photo of a Wright biplane taking off, oxidation consistent with age, trivial edge wear, light fingerprint toning on back. The brothers' studio was at 1009 West Third Street; the first Wright bicycle shop was at 1005 West Third Street; & the second Wright bicycle shop was also nearby at 1034 West Third Street. The locational information is pencilled neatly on the back above a printed advertisement for the photographer's professional services & supplies for amateurs. $30.00 o(d)a(p)p(g)

"The tanks on Mr. Grahame White's aeroplane / being filled with 'SHELL' MOTOR SPIRIT." showing the English aviation pioneer who was the first to make a night flight, circa-1913 advertising postcard, tiny bottom corner crease, a few small spots of toning in the back address area, good edges. Slightly taller than a regular-size postcard, we price it as a reproduction: the internal crease on the original, from which it is based, is simply not present here. All that said, it is still surprisingly hard to find! $4.00 a(p)na

"The Wright Aeroplane" crowd kept at a respectful distance, unused Cyko real photo postcard with glossy finish & a bit of oxidation due to age, image printed at a slight tilt to the borders but it is all there, good edges. Hard to find! $15.00 a(p) NEW / NEU / NOVA

"The Wright Aeroplane. The Wright Bothers / were the first men to fly." with unsigned art on an unused post card from the Lightning Series of Flying Machine Post Cards published by Edward Cook & Company in London ('The Soap and Disinfectant Specialists'), a lot of spotty yellowish toning on back, trivial corner wear. Examples from this series depicting aviation milestones are seldom seen; ours could not be found in other hands when we searched of the Internet. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)

     
"The Wright Bros. Airship Factory, Dayton, Ohio" more fully the Speedwell Motorcar building, the first home of the Wright Company from January 1910; postcard mailed August 19 1912, toning near the stamp edges on back, tiny paper disturbance in the lower address area affects nothing important. There are at least 3 different postcards with views similar to this one--so be sure to check your albums! $9.50 a(p)o(d)

The Wright Bothers Celebration parade, June 17 & 18 1909 in Dayton Ohio has a new & extensive special section of its own on our Parade Postcards webpage. Just click to visit it.

"The Wright Co., Dayton, Ohio.  Latest Model of Aeroplane." circa-1912 post card mailed at Dayton to a local resident, Mrs. Gertrude Gray; minor corner wear, a lot of spotty toning on back. In the Wright State University collection; theirs is cancelled 7/17/12, which is how we got our date estimate. Seldom offered. $12.00 a(p)o(d)i

"The Wright Flyer of 1908 / CENTENARY OF FIRST FLIGHT" unused continental postcard published by the United Nations Postal Administration, near mint. $1.25 a(p)

   
"THE WRIGHT FLYER / 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. Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.50 both. 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. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)f

   
"This is a photograph of the first Wright glider of 1900. / Orville Wright // COPYRIGHT 1917 BY ALBERT F. BRANDENBURG AND FRIEND F. DEVOE. DAYTON, OHIO // The above photograph was taken by the Wright Brothers personally, at Kitty Hawk, N. C., showing the first Glider of 1900. It was carried to the top sandune(sic) by assistants. One of the brothers lay crosswise th plane to control it. It was then pulled on sandune(sic) by ropes, gliding out six or seven hundred feet, making almost a thousand trips without power." unused Azo (triangles all up) real photo postcard, light toning on back due to album contact. Rare & exceptionally interesting. $40.00 a(p)n(k)a

   
"This is a view of a Wright Bioplane in a Warp used by Aviators when anything happens to Machinery / while in air, a great help to them in gliding to earth in safety. Patented and controlled by the / Fathers of Aviation, Wright Bros. Not used on any other make of machines." unused postcard, with biplane being misspelled in the caption as reported here. Wing-warping is a twisting of the wings on a selected side: notice how the wings on your left do not look like the wings on your right even though seen head-on. This concept allowed the control of lateral balance aerodynamically, and permitted turning in a desired direction even without power! As shown here, the wings on the right of the seated aviator would provide more resistance to the wind, so the aviator could more easily turn to his right. Sorry to get so technical: its write-up at the Smithsonian headlines it as a "breakthrough concept", but is not explained particularly clearly there.  Oval violet backstamp in message area reads: 'Souvenir Postal Card of Aviation Meet / Week July 29, 1912 / 1912' is best explained in the 3/08/18 Robert A. Siegel auction catalogue, Sale 1176, Lot 895. In brief: aviator Paul Peck was authorized to fly mail from Connersville to Rushville Indiana, a distance of about 17 miles, but heavy winds prevented him from making the planned flight. Our example has a complete backstamp; the Siegel offering has it incomplete and is nonetheless estimated at $1,000. Important and rare: no offers other than the one mentioned were found when we searched the Internet. Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. a(p)i(c)

 
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)

   
"This is a piece of the famous R & T Pluvette Salome Silk carried from Dayton to Columbus by Aeroplane // A Wright Bi-plane / AVIATION DAY / COLUMBUS, OHIO / NOVEMBER 7, 1910 // The Morehouse-Martens Co. made the first commercial use of the Aeroplane in the World's History of / Aviation. A cargo of R. & T. Pluvette Salome Silk was shipped from Dayton to Columbus in a Wright / Aeroplane and delivered to the Morehouse-Martens Co. at the Driving Park." postcard mailed NOV 10 1910 at Columbus to Mrs. Helen Robinett in Zanesville Ohio, a lot of spotty toning both sides, 2 internal creases (on the left & bottom sides of the silk) suggest that considerable pressure was applied when fastening the fabric to the card. The pilot Parmalee (some spell it Parmelee) endured 66 minutes of flight with a below-zero Fahrenheit wind chill. Morehouse, the department store owner, not only received worldwide publicity from the historic flight, but also profited on his $5,000 investment: in addition to selling admission tickets of $1.00 & $1.25 to the racetrack attendees, he charged $3.00 for parking. Days later he sold swatches of the silk on a post cards like this for five cents each & lengths of silk for $1.35 a yard. Rare. We know of only 3 other examples: (1) in a private collection, the silk having fallen off; (2) in the Collection of the New York Public Library; and (3) the example shown in Richard Barrett's book on Columbus, in which the silk piece is so large it obscures the 6 short lines of writing at the front right center.
Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. a(p)o(c)o(d)

   
"TO THE LEFT M. M. WOOD AND ORVILLE WRIGHT. // ACI" with some famous Chicagoans, September 15 1912; unused postcard with the flag of the Aviation Club of Illinois at the bottom left front & the top left back, published by M. M. Wood of Berwyn Illinois, a few tiny spots of toning on back, good edges. According to Jim & Wynette Edwards' book, this club was the offshoot of the earlier glider clubs. Mr. Wood became the First Aerial Postmaster appointed by the Government to carry mail in an aeroplane. Rare. $40.00 a(p)i(c)p


TUCK POSTCARDS NUMBERED 9943 (FAMOUS AEROPLANES).
Oilette postcards with evenly divided backs, printed in England.
Each back with printed information about that aircraft.
Scans of the backs are available on request.
 ALL NEW / NOUVEAU / NY
  
  
  

Top left: "Latham's Antoinette Monoplane" mailed 1914 in Wisconsin, minor corner wear, lightly toned back. $8.00 a(p)t
Top right: "The Farman Biplane" unused, fairly fresh with good edges. $10.00 a(p)t
Center left: "The Wright Biplane" unused, fairly fresh with good edges. $10.00 a(p)t
Center right: "The Voisin Biplane" unused, lightly toned back good edges. $9.00 a(p)t
Lower left: "The Curtiss Biplane" mailed in England 1918, minor edge wear, otherwise fairly fresh. $9.00 a(p)t
Lower right: "The Blériot Monoplane" unused, lightly toned back, good edges. $9.00 a(p)t


 

     
"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.
Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)f

   
"Two Men Flight / Photo by Godshall Bros. / Dayton, O" sepia-tone Cyko real photo post card of a Wright biplane, oxidation consistent with age, trivial corner wear, toning along 3 back edges. The brothers' studio was at 1009 West Third Street; the first Wright bicycle shop was at 1005 West Third Street; & the second Wright bicycle shop was also nearby at 1034 West Third Street. The locational information is pencilled neatly on the back. Rare. SOLD RECENTLY o(d)a(p)p(g)

   
"Two Men Flight / Photo by Godshall Bros. / Dayton, O" sepia-tone Cyko real photo post card of a Wright biplane, oxidation consistent with age, trivial wear at 2 corners. The brothers' studio was at 1009 West Third Street; the first Wright bicycle shop was at 1005 West Third Street; & the second Wright bicycle shop was also nearby at 1034 West Third Street. A printed advertisement for professional photographic services & supplies for amateurs occupies the back message area. Mailed NOV 30 1912 at Schuylkill Pennsylvania to relative Miss Amy Godshall in Barnesville Pennsylvania. Rare. $32.50 o(d)a(p)p(g)

Uncaptioned Azo (triangles up) postcard from an undisclosed publisher, the seated aviator  smoking a long cigar. Could it be cigar-smoking Calbraith P. Rodgers? Have a look at our close-up! Bottom corner crease not into the image, chemical spots on front, light toning both sides. SOLD RECENTLY a(p)

Unused Cyko real photo postcard showing a model biplane hanging from a clothes line, for what purpose we can only speculate (balance determination perhaps?), oxidation consistent with circa-1910 age, a few spots of light toning on back. Certainly unusual. $8.00 a(p)

Uncaptioned real photo postcard showing a biplane flying over many spectators standing on an open field, mailed at Lake City Florida MAR 2 (numeral upside down) 1912 to Miss Camille Craig in Summersville West Virginia. Messaged in part: 'This is the air ship that flew here this week.' The aviator was undoubtedly Robert G. Fowler, who had completed his historic first west coast-to-east coast transcontinental flight flying via Georgia & ending up in Jacksonville on February 8th. Fowler would have been heading back more directly west at the time of writing & Lake City is almost due west of Jacksonville. SOLD RECENTLY a(p)f(l)

Uncaptioned sepia-tone real photo postcard showing a man in aviator costume, holding a large wrench, standing next to his improbable construction of a bicycle converted to an airplane shape by the addition of wings & a tail assembly, four British Commonwealth flags atop it; unused postcard from an undisclosed publisher, light album toning on back, trivial corner wear. An improbable venture into the ludicrous. $25.00 bfua(p)

Uncaptioned sepia-tone Cyko real photo postcard with good focus & contrast, showing a group of men surrounding a Burgess-Wright hydroplane at water's edge, circa-1911. Long bottom corner crease distant from the image, good edges, 2 small white-out spots on back. Rare. $25.00 a(p)

  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)

   
"U. S. Army Aeroplane with Wireless Outfit." post card from F. Mutchler Photographer of Soldier Life in Highwood Illinois, mailed NOV 8 1915 in Muskegon Heights Michigan to Mrs. D. De Ridder in Grand Rapids Michigan by her niece Theoda, trivial corner wear. The importance of the addition of radio equipment to military aircraft cannot be understated, but there is surprisingly little information about its early days on the Internet because such developments were secret at the time. This postcard is rare, as is anything by this photographer. SOLD RECENTLY a(p)a(m)pg(d)

"VIEW OF LOWER NEW YORK / FROM AIRSHIP / KEY ON OTHER SIDE // High Flyers From Coast to Coast Use /  LASH'S BITTERS / THE GREAT / TONIC LAXATIVE // COPYRIGHT 1911 / ..." depicting a biplane suspending a bottle from a rope; unused postcard with divided back calling out 11 features--such as the Woolworth Building, Williamsburg Bridge, Hudson Terminal Building, etc. Good edges, light toning near the back edges. $10.00 a(p)mn(n)a

   
   
"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. In the collection of Wright State University. Shown front & back at top. $7.00 a(p)o(d)i.
Another printing with distinctly greener grass, mailed May 10 1913, one upper corner with multiple small creases, light toning in the front sky, spotty toning on back obscures nothing. Shown row 2 left. $5.00 ia(p). Yet another printing, with greener grass still, mailed DEC 3 1912 to Mrs. Mary Arthur in Springfield Ohio, tiny upper corner crease, toning noticeable near the top back edge. $5.50 ia(p)


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Too many to load in two days! We plan to offer first the intact collection.
If no takers, the real photos will be separated from the printed cards and offered as two distinctive groups. although we hasten to add that only one of the printed cards has been offered in the last twenty years.
If need be we will break it up further to offer one-at-a-time.
That would be sad; the entire collection should reside in a museum.
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"View of New York State Fair Grounds, Syracuse, N. Y." with a biplane overhead, postcard mailed at Penn Yan New York DEC 14 1912 to Miss E. Wood in Zion City Illinois, mild corner & edge wear. Held from September 9-14 1912, this was the second year visitors got to see biplanes there: racing around the track & giving a demonstration of military use. $10.00 a(p)n(s)

"'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. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)f

"Walter R. Brookins' Airship at rest and in flight at Grant Park, Chicago, on September 28th, 1910. Height attained about 2,000 fee. First aviator to circle over Chicago's Loop District. The following day he sailed to Springfield, 185 miles, taking the world's record for continuous flight..." unused post card with very light album marks at the corners of both sides. Rare & interesting. $15.00 a(p)i(c)

      "WALTER R. BROOKINS, / WINNER OF THE WORLD'S RECORD FOR ALTITUDE, 6,175 FEET" unused postcard with unevenly divided back, paper starting to yellow with age, trivial corner rounding, lower left front corner creased twice--one small & not into the image, one long but faint. SOLD RECENTLY a(p)f

Wanted to buy--postcards & photos relating to pioneer aviation at Korn Field in Shelby County Ohio. Please offer us some, priced in US dollars or Euros, postpaid to Columbus Ohio.

Wanted to buy--post cards about Hunter Brothers Aviation (John, Walter, Kenny & Albert) who once held the flight endurance world record circa 1930. Please offer us some, priced in US dollars or Euros, postpaid to Columbus Ohio. *c

Wanted to buy--postcards bearing images of pre-World War I women aviators. Please offer us some, priced in US dollars or Euros, postpaid to Columbus Ohio. *c

      "Watching the Aviation in Grant Park, Chicago" conveying the excitement generated by the early International Aviation Meets held there; unused postcard published by VO Hammon, small tear in the upper edge closes well but launches an internal crease into the card that is harder to detect, minor corner rounding, light toning near the back edges. $8.00 a(p)i(c)


"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)

   
"WE HAD A RIDE IN THE AIRSHIP" fantasy art depicting a couple being carried aloft by an aviator; post card mailed SEP 7 1914 from Chicago Illinois to Adela Becker in Beaver Dam Wisconsin, minor corner & edge wear, toning near the back edges. Seldom offered: one we saw had the name of Gregory Michigan added as a second caption line. $7.00 a(p)



We finally got one! A biplane toy depicted on an early Christmas postcard. This one mailed DEC 25 1911. Will not hold our breath until we get another! Offered on our Toy postcards.

"Well By Gum! I hope she lands here!" an elderly farmer exclaims on seeing an aviatrix, postcard mailed MAR 17 1913 to Miss Faye Lowe in Ingalls Indiana by her cousin Pearle. Faye's name & that of a gentleman friend have been penned on front, long bottom corner crease, bottom corners well rounded, light toning both sides. $4.00 a(p)ca

   
"We look up to the farmer now" fantasy real photo postcard published by the North American Post Card Company in Kansas City, oxidation consistent with circa-1910 age, mailed to Mrs. Leonard Deans in Stone Mills New York, two vertical lines of toning on back obscure nothing. Rare. $12.50 a(p)f

"W. G. BEATTY" at the controls of his biplane; unused postcard published by Max Rigot in Chicago. The August 26 1911 Humboldt Kansas Union on page 4 reported: 'Record for duration while carrying a passenger at the aviation meet here. Beatty and his passenger were the sportsman.' He also appeared at the Chicago Aviation Meet reported in the September 1911 Billboard. Minor corner rounding, lightly toned back. This is the only image of him on any media of which we are aware. Rare. $50.00 a(p)

"When good girls go a-flying / With Guys who're fresh at all, / It's always wise to take along / At least a parasol. / 621" fanciful art depicting a young lady jumping from a biplane; unused postcard from the Aviation Comics series of 12 designs, light toning on back, good edges. Rare: when we searched the Internet, we found no other offers, no recorded sales & no exhibits of it. $8.00 ua(p)

"When You Get Back To Earth / amidst all the 'Pow-Wow / to those Smart Alec knockers just haughtily bow / With the Grace of a hero who's shown them all how / And then sing this song to them / Who's Looney Now" (the ' after Wow missing as we relate here); signed Ryan art depicting a man about to jump from a roof with a bicycle-powered flying contraption to keep him aloft, Winsch-published postcard numbered A-695 on back, unused, small upper corner crease, soft corners, very light toning both sides. Unevenly divided back so circa 1907-1908. $7.50 a(r)a(p)w

"WILBUR WRIGHT INSPECTING MACHINE / BEFORE A START / At Wright Brothers Training Ground, Dayton, Ohio / Published by R. S. McHenry, Dayton, Ohio" unused postcard with evenly divided back, back paper browning somewhat unevenly with age, small bottom corner crease, a little wear near the bottom corners. More precisely the training ground mentioned in the caption on back was actually Sims Station, also known as Huffman Prairie, 8 miles north-east of Dayton. The only other example we have seen was postmarked January 10 1911. $17.00 a(p)o(s) NEW / NEU / NOVA

   
   
"WILBUR WRIGHT  ORVILLE WRIGHT / The Nation, State and City welcome The Worlds Greatest Aviators. / DAYTON, OHIO -- JUNE 17-18-1909." postcard mailed June 17 1909 to Master Donald Thompson in Morrow Ohio by someone who had walked around town to admire the decorations for the celebration, small upper corner crease, mild wear to the top edge, bottom corner bend. Shown front & back at the top row. $9.00 a(p)o(d)f. A lesser example: small thins near the top front edge, more toning both sides, mailed June 9 1909 to Mrs. N. A. Harlan in Spring Valley Ohio from a student who expected a great crowd for the celebration, bottom corner crease, minor rounding at all corners. Shown front & back on second row. $5.00 a(p)o(d)f

"WILBUR WRIGHT  ORVILL WRIGHT / HOME OF THE WRIGHT BROS. / WRIGHT BROS. DAYTON WORKSHOP" with Orville's name incorrectly spelled as reported here; multiview post card mailed JUN 16 1909 at Dayton to Pasadena California (where address details were added by the post office), minor corner wear. $10.00 a(p)o(d)-c

"WILBUR WRIGHT  ORVILL WRIGHT / WORLD'S GREATEST AEROPLANE RACES / Speedway, Indianapolis, Indiana / June 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 1910 / WRIGHT BROS AIR SHIP IN FLIGHT / WRIGHT BROS AIR SHIP READY FOR FLIGHT" with Orville's name incorrectly spelled as reported here; multiview postcard published in Dayton Ohio, unused. Rare--with or without the correct spelling. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)i(i)rf

"WILBUR WRIGHT  ORVILL WRIGHT / WRIGHT BROS AIR SHIP IN FLIGHT / WRIGHT BROS AIR SHIP READY FOR FLIGHT" with Orville's name incorrectly spelled as reported here; multiview post card published in Dayton Ohio, unused, back paper yellowed a bit with age, good edges. Rare--with or without the correct spelling. Shown left. $10.00 a(p). A lesser example, large stain on front, a lot of album toning on back. Shown right. $6.50 a(p)

"Woman's Building, Live Stock Pavilion and Air Ship at the State Fair, Sedalia, Mo." unused circa-1910 postcard with unevenly divided back, published by Thomas Printing & Stationery Company in Sedalia, minor corner wear, light toning both sides. Surprisingly hard to find. $10.00 a(p)m(s)

    "WORLD RECORD ALTITUDE / 11,726 Ft. AUG. 18 - 1911 // O. A. BRINDLEY / WRIGHT AEROPLANE / CHICAGO" sepia-tone real photo postcard mailed AUG 23 1911 from Chicago to Mr. John Wolff in Eyota Minnesota, both right front corners with multiple creases, spotty toning on back obscures nothing. The card is rectangular & all there; the image is just plain off-center. Rare. $100.00 a(p)i(c)

   
"WORLD'S RECORD 1911. / HARRY N. ATWOOD FINISHED HIS / WONDERFUL FLIGHT FROM / ST. LOUIS" the back message area giving complete day-by-day statistics (from, to, time, miles) & totals summary, tiny upper corner crease not into the image, all corners worn & rounded, both sides with light fingerprint toning. More precisely, his flight ended at Governor's Island, New York. The exact statistics reported on the card are not a well-settled matter. Rare & interesting. $20.00 a(p)n(g)

"WRIGHT AEROPLANE - / AT BATTLE CREEK, MICH.  JULY 1 - 4, 1911.  #378" unused Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard with low contrast, light album marks at the back corners, 2 small circular raised areas on front surface do not break the paper. In the collection of the Willard Library, Battle Creek; theirs has higher contrast & better focus, so this is apparently an early effort with the negative. SOLD RECENTLY a(p)m(b)

   
"WRIGHT AEROPLANE / AT PARKERSBURG W. VA." sepia-tone real photo post card with good focus & pleasing contrasts, mailed SEP 15 1910 at Belpre Ohio to Miss Hazel Turm in Crafton Pennsylvania, good edges, oxidation consistent with age.
Rare. On August 8 1913, a Wright biplane piloted by Morris Priest crashed into the Parkersburg City Parks lily pond. That aviator was not injured but the plane was a total loss. This is the only close-up of that plane that we have ever seen. SOLD RECENTLY a(p)w(p)

   
   
"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 AEROPLANE FLYING / AT PARKERSBURG W. VA." unused sepia-tone Cyko postcard with oxidation suggestive of circa-1912 age, good edges, album toning at back corners. A quality photo with a lot of readable signage: 'MAIL POUCH', 'THE STAR GROCER CO. / WHOLESALE GROCERS', 'LOGAN CARRIAGE CO.', etc. Rare
. On August 8 1913, a Wright biplane piloted by Morris Priest crashed into the Parkersburg City Parks lily pond. That aviator was not injured but the plane was a total loss. $40.00 a(p)w(p)

"Wright Biplane / 30 / Copyright applied for.  U. S. Pub. House, Chicago" showing biplane numbered 33 competing over the water at the Chicago Aviation Week, August 1911; unused postcard, minor corner rounding & light toning both sides. Rare. $20.00 a(p)i(c)


"WRIGHT BIPLANE / Copyright Benham Co - 1910" unused sepia-tone Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard with an odd border treatment (but the card is not trimmed), good edges, light fingerprint toning on back. $25.00 a(p)






"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 BIPLANE / This is the type of biplane flown by Wilbur Wright at Le Mans, France, in 1908. It contains several / improvements on the original Wright design. / The Science Museum, London, No. 109" unused photogravure postcard by Waterlow & Sons, unevenly divided back, two large thins near the top center back do not affect the front. $7.50 a(p)me(l)

"Wright Bros." the biplane turning, captioned real photograph the size of a regular postcard, 4 small spots of album paste on the otherwise blank back. Shown left. $10.00 a(p). Another captioned photo, same size & caption & back description, but this one masterfully conveying a sense of mood -- how alone they were when working, but changing history nonetheless. Excellent focus & contrast, small piece missing at the lower left corner. Shown right. SOLD RECENTLY a(p)

   
"Wright Bros. Airship Factory, Dayton, Ohio" post card mailed AUG 30 1912 from Dayton to Greenville Ohio, minor corner wear. Rare. $13.50 a(p)o(d)i

   
"Wright Bros. Factory, Dayton, Ohio." postcard mailed JAN 30 1913 from Miamisburg Ohio to Miss Luella Dearth in Franklin Ohio by her sister Anna, mild wear at the corners, a little cancel ink in the sky, back toned by album contract but readable. Seldom offered. $11.00 a(p)o(d)i

   
"WRIGHT BROS. MACHINE IN FLIGHT. / GROUP OF AVIATORS, INCLUDING WRIGHT BROTHERS AND WALTER BROOKINS" post card mailed AUG 26 1911 at Dayton to Miss Helen Buetler in Greenville Ohio, light toning on back. Image taken at the Ohio Valley Industrial Exposition held 8/29/10 - 9/24/10. Rare. $20.00 a(p)fe
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"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. SOLD RECENTLY a(p)fb

      "WRIGHT BROTHERS MACHINE IN FLIGHT / LEAVING THE MONORAIL" unused postcard, from an image taken at the Ohio Valley Industrial Exposition held 8/29/10 - 9/24/10. Rare. $20.00 a(p)e NEW / NEU / NOVA

"Wright Brothers Medals / PRESENTED BY THE STATE OF OHIO / DESIGNED AND MANUFACTURED BY THE / COR. FOURTH AND MAIN STR.  NEWSALT JEWELRY HOUSE  DAYTON OHIO" unused advertising postcard with several creases (some long) that have ironed out pretty well. Rare in any condition. $125.00 a(p)jo(d)g(n)

      "WRIGHTS AEORPLANE USED BY HOXSEY IN HIS FLIGHTS AT HALETHORPE near BALTIMORE, MD." with misspelling of aeroplane as quoted here, postcard published by I. & M. Ottenheimer in Baltimore. The meet was held in 1910. Eyewitness reports on lightly toned back: 'This one was smashed all to pieces, and Hoxsey fell 3000 feet -- Did not hurt him --  Just broke his glasses.' [They could glide down from malfunctions.] Rare. SOLD RECENTLY a(p)m(h)

   
"' 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 33+ years of dealing. Actually, we have never seen the reproduction offered either. $6.50 a(p)o(t)

    "WRIGHT'S RECORD BREAKING BIPLANE, BELMONT PARK, 1910" unused post card, small upper corner bend, all corners with noticeable rounding, grayish paper, heavily toned back. More completely the International Aviation Tournament was held 22-30 October 1910 at Belmont Park, Long Island, New York. Two different Wright planes were flown: the Model R & the Baby Grand. Other biplanes were there, such as Farnam's. Seldom offered; seldom seen. $20.00 a(p)n(b)

   
"WRIGHT'S STANDARD." unused sepia-tone real photo postcard published by Charles Weidener in San Francisco in his 'On the Road of 1000 Wonders' series, good edges, a little light toning near the back edges. $25.00 a(p)

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