Alexander Graham Bell and the Aerial Experiment Association Photograph Collection

Title

Alexander Graham Bell and the Aerial Experiment Association Photograph Collection

Description

The Alexander Graham Bell and the Aerial Experiment Association Photograph Collection consists of 25 silver gelatin prints depicting Bell and other members of the Aerial Experiment Association, as well as a souvenir bulletin with additional images. The photographs depict the members of the group, including Glenn Curtiss, Frederick Walker Baldwin, J. A. Douglas McCurdy, Thomas Selfridge, and others. The photographs also depict four out of the five "aerodrome" aircraft they built, both on the ground and in flight, in Nova Scotia and New York. The photographs range in size from 3.75x3 inches to 6.5x4.75 inches. The photographer(s) is unidentified.

The souvenir volume of "bulletins" consists of 8 pages of text and 31 enlarged photographs illustrating the work of the Aerial Experiment Association. The souvenir album was issued April 12, 1909 for the surviving members: Mabel Gardiner Bell, Alexander Graham Bell, Glenn Curtiss, J. A. Douglas McCurdy, and F. W. Baldwin. It discusses Bell's "Kite Cygnet I" and "Cygnet II" in addition to the aerodromes. The collection also includes two later photomechanical prints signed in blue ink by J. A. Douglas McCurdy.

Date

1908-1909

Creator

Aerial Experiment Association

Language

Three photographs have handwritten captions in French. All other materials are in English.

Rights Holder

The Museum of Flight Archives

Rights

Permission to publish material from the Alexander Graham Bell and the Aerial Experiment Association Photograph Collection must be obtained from The Museum of Flight Archives.

Bibliographic Citation

The Alexander Graham Bell and the Aerial Experiment Association Photograph Collection/The Museum of Flight

Identifier

2018-10-01-B

Collection Organization

Collection Items

Bulletins of the Aerial Experiment Association [April 12, 1909]
Bulletin titled "Bulletins of the Aerial Experiment Association," a souvenir volume consisting of eight (8) pages of text and thirty-one (31) photographs illustrating the work of the Aerial Experiment Association, issued April 12, 1909.

[Aerial Experimental Association members at airfield]
Photograph of several members and associates of the Aerial Experimental Association at an airfield near Hammondsport, New York, April 6, 1908. Standing, from left to right: Thomas Scott Baldwin, Frederick Walker Baldwin, J. Newton Williams, John A.…

[Aerial Experiment Association Aerodrome No. 1 'Red Wing' on Keuka Lake]
Photograph of the Aerial Experiment Association's Aerodrome No. 1 "Red Wing" aircraft on the ice on Keuka Lake, New York, March 1908. Thomas E. Selfridge is seated at the controls.Inscription on verso: "Red Wing. Drome No. 1. Selfridge in red wing."

[Men working on Aerial Experiment Association Aerodrome No. 1 'Red Wing' ]
Photograph of several men working on the Aerial Experiment Association's Aerodrome No. 1 "Red Wing" aircraft at Keuka Lake, New York, March 1908. Inscription on verso: "13."

[William F. Bedwin with Aerial Experiment Association Aerodrome No. 1 "Red Wing"]
Photograph of William F. Bedwin standing next to the Aerial Experiment Association's Aerodrome No. 1 "Red Wing" aircraft on an iced-over Keuka Lake, New York, March 9, 1908.Inscription on verso: "Drome No. 1, Selfridge's Red Wing on the ice on Lake…

[People with Aerial Experiment Association Aerodrome No. 2 "White Wing"]
Photograph of people gathered around the Aerial Experiment Association's Aerodrome No. 2 "White Wing" aircraft at a race track near Hammondsport, New York, May 1908. Alexander Graham Bell is on the far left (standing, in hat).Inscription on verso:…

[Glenn H. Curtiss working on Aerial Experiment Association Aerodrome No. 2 "White Wing"]
Photograph of Glenn H. Curtiss (left) and others working on the engine of the Aerial Experiment Association's Aerodrome No. 2 "White Wing" aircraft, likely in New York, circa 1908.Inscription on verso: "White Wing."Stamped on verso: "Thomas G.…

[Aerial Experiment Association Aerodrome No. 2 "White Wing" flying low]
Photograph of the Aerial Experiment Association's Aerodrome No. 2 "White Wing" aircraft flying low over a field, Hammondsport, New York, May 18, 1908.Inscription on verso: "Baldwin, White Wing 1908. Drome No. 2. Hammondsport, N.Y. May 18, 1908."

[Glenn H. Curtiss flying Aerial Experiment Association Aerodrome No. 3 "June Bug"]
Photograph of Glenn H. Curtiss flying the Aerial Experiment Association's Aerodrome No. 3 "June Bug" aircraft, Hammondsport, New York, July 4, 1908.

[Aerial Experiment Association Aerodrome engine]
Photograph of people inspecting the engine of an unidentified Aerial Experiment Association Aerodrome aircraft, Hammondsport, New York, circa 1908.
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