1955 Powder Puff Derby Program - Contestant's Personal Copy

20-AR-21

Regular price $85.00

Historically important program for the 9th Annual All Woman Transcontinental Air Race from Long Beach to Springfield, Mass. 24pp, illus, 8.5x11", wrps. Personal copy of Minnie Boyd, contestant #23. Minnie and her co-pilot, Betty Jane Seavey have signed in ink over their photos. Five other pilots have signed by their photos. Condition is fair with light soiling, a cover fold, Minnie's name on cover, etc.; all excuseable because I bet this was flown on the race. Obviously this is a one-of-a-kind document of a woman's air race now over 60 years in the past. The first Woman's Air Derby (later coined the “Power Puff Derby” by Will Rogers) was held on Aug 18, 1929; it was closely associated with the 99's whose first president was Amelia Earhart. Following various race activities with women contestants through the 1930s, the Powder Puff Derby was revived after WWII in 1947. That year there were only two contestants. The race was re-named the All-Woman Transcontinental Air Race (AWTAR) which continued for 30 years. The race was discontinued after 1977 due to rising costs, decreased sponsorship and air traffic concerns. Subsequent races were named “Air Race Classics” and today the 99s sponsor a smaller race over a 4-day period which concentrates on efficient cross-country flying.