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  • WWII Air Corps Recruiting Poster - 1942

    SKU: 21-POST-58

     Full-size 25x38" poster showing B-17's above an aircrew in their A-2 leather flight jackets planning a mission.  Text below urges men 18-26 to apply for training as pilots, navigators and bombadiers.  Artist is Ivan Dimitri and printing date is 5-16-42.  But the best thing about this lot is the accompanying 3.5x5.5" real photo showing a soldier standing next to this very poster (on the right in the photo to the left)!  On the reverse is an ink inscription dating the photo to 9-6-42 in front of the Troy, N.Y. post office.  Both the poster and photo are very good.  Believe it or not, posters recruiting pilots, navs and bombadiers are not common.  (This item cannot be ordered in the shopping cart.  Inquire and an invoice will be sent)

    Price: $375.00
  • Gorgeous 1936 Photo Album

    SKU: 21-P-464

     This is one of the most beautiful, fully documented aircraft albums from the "Golden Age of Aviation" I have ever owned!  Most pages have carefully lettered white explanations of aircraft type, registration, date and location of the photos.  The first page is dated 1934 and the Waco pictured is ..."the sport biplane in which Miss Harrell met her death Sunday August 6, 1934 while participating in the 50-mile free-for-all feature event at the Women's National Air Meet at Municipal Airport, Vandalia, O."Some of the other aircraft are the Waco Cabin YOG, Ryan ST, American Airlines Vultee, Stinson Gullwing, Waco YQC6, Lockheed 247, Grumman Gulfhawk and Buhl-Pup.  Locations are mostly Ohio at Lunken Airport, Vandalia, the Waco Co. at Troy and Watson Airport.  A total of 47 photos mostly 2.5x4.25" b&w/sepia tone, a very small number (2) loose in the album and not mounted.  Very good overall condition. (Automatic ordering not available on this item; inquire and an invoice will be sent). SOLD

    Price: $0.00
  • Die Flugkunst am Scheidewege - 1913

    SKU: 21-B-58

     Neyen, E.  Die Flugkunst am Scheidewege.  Berlin, 1913.  40pp, extensively illus w/crash photos, 8x11.5", wrps.  Title translates to:  The Art of Flight at the Crossroads/The Latest Research Results/Statistics About Flight Crashes 1912-13.  Most interesting is a four page table of  about 250 crashes with dates, pilots, location, type of aircraft, wind speed, etc.  Good; a few cover edge chips and toning.  (Automatic ordering not available for this item. Inquire and an invoice will be sent)

    Price: $125.00
  • The Aeronautical Annual - 1895/1896/1897

    SKU: 21-B-56

     Means, James (ed).  The Aeronautical Annual (for) 1895, 1896 and 1897.  Boston, W.B. Clarke & Co.  The 1895 volume has 172pp, illus, 6x9.25", very good.  The 1896 volume is 158pp, illus, fair w/some spine text loss.  The 1897 volume is 178pp, illus, also fair.  All covers are intact and text blocks are sound.  Means selected the very best articles of the time from such illustrious aeronauts as Langley, Chanute, Lilienthal, Maxim, etc. 
    In a letter to James Means’s son, Philip, dated November 12, 1921, Orville Wright wrote: “The Aeronautical Annuals of 1895-96-97 contained the best collection of reprints from the work of the earlier experimenters in aviation…, and I do not know of a better collection today. Your father showed rare good judgment in his selections, separating most of the good work from the mass of worthless matter which had been published. “Your father’s work was of great benefit to us, and I think of my personal acquaintance with him with affection.” 
    This is a rare set in reasonably good condition and seldom offered with all three volumes together.  An unusual opportunity to obtain the entire run!
    (Automatic ordering is not active for this item.  Please inquire and an invoice will be sent)

    Price: $445.00
  • 1934 USN Grumman Fabric - Red Ripper VF-5B

    SKU: 19-PRTS-5

    Wonderful unit insignia cut from the side of a crashed Grumman biplane fighter, likely a FF-1 or G-5 flown from the USS Lexington. The fabric as about 18x24" and is in a frame with double-sided plexiglas for viewing on both sides.  There are several letters of provenance leading back to Major Lofton Henderson, USMC, who allegedly collected this fabric from a crashed fighter in an airshow in 1934.  Henderson died in the Battle of Midway and was awarded the Navy Cross; Henderson Airfield, Guadalcanal is named in his honor.  While there remains much research to be done on this fabric piece, it is fun to see how the insignia has "morphed" over the years.  The current insignia has reversed the bar sinister to remove the "bastard" implication and the boar's head (on the Gordon's Gin bottle) is also reversed. However the two "balls" remain as does the apparent "link-of-bologna".  (In 2011 the USN brass declared a traditional toast of the Red Rippers banned; the current military has no sense of tradition and too much political correctness in my mind.)  The fabric is in generally very good condition for it's age of 80 years but there are some minor tears from removal of old hide glue used to paste down to a board.  (Additional shipping costs will be necessary; automatic ordering not available for this item.  Inquire and an invoice will be sent)

    Price: $2,275.00
  • Aerial Age Weekly - Bound Set 1915-1918

    SKU: 18-MAG-00009

    A wonderful complete bound set of this important American aviation weekly.  The run starts with Vol 1, No. 1 on March 22, 1915 and continues through Vol 7, September 1918.  Ex-Connecticut State Library set.  Usual library labels and stamps; some light soiling, bumps and minor flaws.  Very heavy set that will require extra shipping charges.  I seriously considered retaining this set in my own library but then I can't keep everything....grab it before I change my mind! (Automatic ordering not available for this item.  Inquire and an invloce will be sent)

    Price: $1,250.00
  • ex-CBI Journal - 585 issues in binders

    SKU: 17-MAG-00003

    Comprehensive run of this historically significant journal.  About 585 issues, each approx 30 pp, 6x9".  Years 1951-1967 are bound in green buckram.  Then there are 17 thick custom ex-CBI binders (see left picture) for continuous years 1961-1988, some mixed issues 1951-1960, and a final binder with 10 issues from 1991-92.  All issue and binders in very good condition.  This is a heavy lot and will require pickup/delivery or additional shipping charges.  This lot came out of a well-known Houston collection.  (Automatic ordering not available for this item.  Inquire and an invoice will be sent)

    Price: $375.00
  • CULLUM'S REGISTER of West Point Graduates - Rare Complete Set of 11 Volumes, 1879-1980

    SKU: 16-B-00003

    Cullum, Brevet MG George W.  Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the U.S. Military Academy.  Complete run from Vol I to Vol IX (Vol VI in two parts) plus the 1970 and 1980 Cullum Memorial Editions.  Vol I-III published in 1879 and covered graduates back to 1802; subsequent volumes each covered the previous 10 years in detail but briefly went back to the first graduates and listed everyone subsequent.  All volumes are in good or better condition.  An extremely rare set; previous owner spent over 20 years assembling this wonderful reference.  (Automatic ordering not available for this set.  Inquire and an invoice will be sent.  Additional shipping costs will be necessary)

    Price: $1,400.00