Flying Machines

These vintage French aviation postcards, from the Charles Lewis Collection in Dunbar Library’s Special Collections and Archives, highlight the precarious state of powered flight in 1909. Printed in Lille, France, by an unknown publisher, the postcards focus on numerous French aeronauts, including Henry Farman, Louis Blériot, Louis Paulhan, and Baroness Elise de Laroche. The collection also includes international aviation pioneers like Germany’s Count Zeppelin, Brazilian Alberto Santos-Dumont, and Americans Wilbur Wright and Glenn Curtiss. These air pioneers were among the most famous celebrities of their day.

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