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1047 BARBER HORATIO: (1875-1964) British Pioneer Aviator, flew the world's first cargo flight, 1911. Barber was the first person in Great Britain to gain an aeronautical degree. Vintage signed sepia postcard photograph depicting Barber standing alongside his Valkyrie aircraft at Hendon Aerodrome. Signed ('H. Barber') in bold black fountain pen ink to a clear area at the head of the image and dated 10th December 1912 in his hand. Some very minor ink skipping to the signature. VG

In September 1910 Barber occupied one of the first hangars at Hendon Aerodrome and his Valkyrie design started test flying from there in October 1910, just two months before this image was signed.
Lot: 1047
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1048 TEMPLE GEORGE LEE: (1892-1914) British Pioneer Aviator, the first pilot to fly upside down in Great Britain, 24th November 1913, and the youngest pilot to fly from Paris to London, October 1913. Series of four T.Ls.S., George Lee Temple & G L Temple, five pages (total), 4to, London Aerodrome, Hendon, 8th January - 12th February 1913, to Sidney Lee, on the printed stationery of the Temple School of Aviation. Temple outlines the particulars of his tuition in monoplanes, 'Our fees for tuition include breakages, personal accident insurance and 3rd party insurances are 58. That covers the pupil for a period of 6 months until he has obtained his Pilots Certificate from the Royal Aero Club. Our method for tuition is a carefully thought out scheme commencing on a slow monoplane on the ground and gradually increasing to faster machines in the air. The certificate is issued when the pupil has covered a distance of ten figure eights (being officially observed). He has then to rise to a height of 165 feet and land with the engine switched off.' and in the following letters offers his correspondent a reduced rate for tuition and refers to a Caudron Biplane which they are due to acquire. Together with two correspondence cards signed by Temple and the aviators unsigned personal visiting card. Autographs of Temple are rare in any form following his tragically early death at the age of 22 in a flying accident at Hendon on 25th January 1914. Some light overall age wear and heavy folds to the two signed correspondence cards, FR to G, 7 Lot: 1048
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1049 ALCOCK JOHN: (1892-1919) English Pilot who, with Arthur Whitten Brown, completed the first successful non-stop transatlantic flight, June 1919. Ink signature ('John Alcock') on the verso of a correspondence card, dated Brooklands, 22nd December 1912 in his hand. Together with Maurice Ducrocq (1874- ) French Pioneer Aviator, granted Royal Aero Club aviators certificate number 23 in 1910. Ducrocq opened a flying school, his most famous pupil being his mechanic, John Alcock. Ink signature ('Marcel Ducrocq') on the verso of a correspondence card, dated Brooklands, 22nd December 1912 in his hand. Some light age wear and minor discoloration, about VG, 2 Lot: 1049
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1050 HAWKER HARRY: (1889-1921) Australian Pioneer Aviator, co-founder of Hawker Aircraft. Rare A.Q.S., H G Hawker, on one side of a printed correspondence card (bearing the address of the Lee collectors of Reading), Brooklands, 3rd November 1912. In dark fountain pen ink the aviator has written, in full, 'The wealth of the ocean was fractions below the aeroplane that sparkles above'. Some light overall age toning and minor staining, G

In the month before penning this statement, Hawker had won the Michelin Trophy for flight endurance (8 hours 23 minutes, October 1912).
Lot: 1050
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1051 AIRSHIPS: Ernest T. Willows (1886-1926) Welsh Pioneer Aviator, granted Airship Pilots certificate number 4 in 1911. Willows was the first person to fly across the English Channel, London to Paris, 4th November 1910. Dark fountain pen ink signature ('E. T. Willows') on a printed correspondence card bearing the address of the Lee collectors of Reading. Dated November 1912 in Willows' hand; Edward Maitland (1880-1921) British Pioneer Military Aviator, granted Airship Pilots certificate number 8 in 1911. Maitland was on board the airship R34 when it completed its first transatlantic crossing and later tragically lost his life in the R38 explosion. Ink signature ('E. M. Maitland, Major') on a printed correspondence card bearing the address of the Lee collectors of Reading; Alan G. Fox Pioneer Aviator, granted Airship Pilots certificate number 7 in 1911. Vintage signed postcard photograph, the image depicting Lieutenant Fox and two other gentlemen standing alongside an army biplane. Signed ('A. G. Fox') in fountain pen ink with his name alone to the image, partially across a darker area although legible. Some light age wear and minor discoloration, G to about VG, 3 Lot: 1051
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1052 BURKE CHARLES: (1881-1917) British Royal Flying Corps officer, a pioneer of military aviation. Burke was granted Royal Aero Club aviators certificate number 22 in 1910. Killed in Action. Brief A.L.S., C. J. Burke, Major R. F. C., on one side of a printed correspondence card (bearing the printed address of the Lee collectors of Reading), Adare, 25th January 1913, [to the Lee collectors], stating that he is currently on leave and, in any case, would not have the time to collect the requested signatures. Together with Philip Joubert de la Ferte (1887-1965) British Aviator of World War I and senior commander in the RAF during World War II. Fountain pen ink signature ('P. B. Joubert de la Ferte') on a correspondence card bearing the printed address of the Lee collectors of Reading. Also including Gerald Gordon Bell (1890- ) Canadian Flying Ace of World War I with 16 victories. Fountain pen ink signature ('G Gordon Bell') on a correspondence card bearing the printed address of the Lee collectors of Reading, dated Hendon, 9th August 1912 in Bell's hand, and a vintage sepia postcard photograph of several aircraft at Hendon Flying Grounds, surrounded by many onlookers, signed to the verso by Bell in fountain pen ink. Some light age wear and minor discoloration, G to about VG, 4 Lot: 1052
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1053 PIXTON C. HOWARD: (1885-1972) British Aviator, winner of the Schneider Trophy air race, 1914. Pixton became the first test pilot for Avro and is reputed to have flown the first fare paying passengers. Dark fountain pen ink signature ('C. Howard Pixton') on a printed correspondence card bearing the address of the Lee collectors of Reading. Dated in Pixton's hand Amesbury, 17th February 1913. Some very light, minor discoloration to the card, only slightly affecting the signature. About VG Lot: 1053
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1054 PASHLEY CECIL: (1891-1969) British Pioneer Aviator, granted the Royal Aero Club aviators certificate number 106 in 1911. Dark fountain pen ink signature ('C. L. Pashley') on the verso of a correspondence card, dated Brooklands, 22nd December 1912 in his hand. Together with a second card signed by Cecil's brother, Eric Pashley (granted Royal Aero Club aviators certificate number 139 in 1911), also dated Brooklands, 22nd December 1912 in his hand. Some light discoloration to the edges and corners of the cards, not affecting the signatures. G to about VG, 2 Lot: 1054
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1055 CAUDRON RENE: (1884-1959) French Pioneer Aviator and Aircraft Designer. Vintage signed postcard photograph, an appealing image showing three French pioneer pilots seated outdoors drinking at a table at the Caudron Aviation School. In the distance an aircraft can be seen. Signed by Caudron in dark fountain pen ink to a light area at the head of the image and dated 29th September 1913. With a brief A.N.S. by Caudron, in French, to the verso. Together with Gaston Caudron (1882-1915) French Pioneer Aviator and Aircraft Designer. Vintage signed sepia postcard photograph, the image showing a Caudron biplane preparing for flight at the London Aerodrome, Hendon. Signed in dark fountain pen ink by Caudron to the verso and dated Hendon, 29th November 1912 in his hand. Also including Philippe Marty (1893-1914, French Pilot of Caudron aircraft) ink signature on a sheet of 8vo notepaper, dated Hendon Aerodrome, 27th September 1913 in his hand. Rare. G to about VG, 3 Lot: 1055
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1056 DESOUTTER MARCEL: (1894-1952) English Pioneer Aviator, founder of the Desoutter Aircraft Company. Vintage signed sepia postcard photograph of Desoutter in a head and shoulders pose seated in the cockpit of his aircraft. Signed ('M Desoutter') in dark fountain pen ink to the verso and dated Hendon, 28th August 1912 in his hand. Together with a second vintage signed sepia postcard photograph by Desoutter, the image showing several aircraft and onlookers at the London Aerodrome, Hendon. Signed by the aviator with his name alone in fountain pen ink to the verso. About VG, 2 Lot: 1056
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1057 ROE ALLIOTT VERDON: (1877-1958) English Pioneer Pilot and Aircraft Manufacturer. Vintage signed postcard photograph depicting Roe in flight in a triplane. With a small oval inset portrait of the aviator. Signed ('A. V. Roe') in dark fountain pen ink with his name alone to a light area of the image. Roe has penned a brief note to the verso, 'This triplane was fitted with an 8 cylinder I.A.P.' Together with six unsigned vintage postcards, each showing different images of AVRO aircraft. G to about VG, 7 Lot: 1057
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1058 SHORT BROTHERS: Individual fountain pen ink signatures of Albert Eustace Short (1875-1932) and Hugh Oswald Short (1883-1969) on printed correspondence cards bearing the address of the Lee collectors of Reading. Together with two similar correspondence cards, one signed by Lt. J. C. Porte (1883-1919) Naval Officer and Pilot, Designer of Flying Boats F3 & F5 for the Short Brothers and the other signed by Sydney Pickles (1894-1975) Australian Pioneer Aviator, Chief Test Pilot for Short Brothers. Both of the latter signatures are dated 1912. Some light age wear and minor discoloration, G, 4

In 1908 the Short Brothers founded the first aircraft manufacturing company in the world. Wilbur and Orville Wright contracted Short Brothers with the British rights to build the Wright Flyer.
Lot: 1058
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1059 BLACKBURN HAROLD: (1879-1959) English Pioneer Aviator and Aircraft Manufacturer. A.L.S., H Blackburn, one page, 4to, London Aerodrome, Hendon, 20th December 1912, to Sidney Lee, on the attractive printed stationery of the Blackburn Aviation School. Blackburn states that he has pleasure in sending his autograph to his correspondent. Together with a correspondence card signed by Blackburn, dated Hendon, December 1912 in his hand, and a vintage sepia postcard photograph depicting various aircraft at Grahame-White's flying school at Hendon, signed to the verso by Blackburn with his name alone. Also including a selection of signed correspondence cards etc., by various pioneer aviators associated with Blackburn Aircraft, comprising Francis Conway Jenkins (1888-1933, Piloted a Blackburn Mercury II aircraft in the Daily Mail Circuit of Britain, 1911; A.L.S. stating that he has given up flying), Fred Raynham (competed in the War of the Roses Air Race, 1913; two signatures), John Brereton (granted Royal Aero Club aviators certificate number 136 in 1911; vintage signed sepia postcard photograph showing the pilot in his Blackburn monoplane, with inset circular portrait), Montague Francis Glew (1893-1969, Pioneer Aviator who trained at the Blackburn School) and Cyril Foggin (1891-1918, Major of the Royal Air Force in World War I, trained at the Blackburn School and later sold his Blackburn aircraft to Glew, his future brother-in-law). Some light age wear and minor discoloration, G to about VG, 9 Lot: 1059
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1060 AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURERS: Small selection of ink signatures on individual printed correspondence cards bearing the address of the Lee collectors of Reading by various aircraft manufacturers and designers comprising Geoffrey De Havilland, Tom Sopwith, Howard Wright and L. Howard-Flanders. Also including a vintage postcard photograph of William H. Ewens (1879-1947, Scottish Pioneer Aviator, the first to fly across the Firth of Forth, 9th September 1911. Ewens founded the W. H. Ewen Aviation Company Ltd which became the British Caudron Company in 1914) showing the pilot standing in a three quarter length pose close to his aircraft. Signed in ink with his name alone to the verso. Some light discoloration and age wear, G to about VG, 5 Lot: 1060
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1061 DUNNE JOHN WILLIAM: (1875-1949) Irish Aeronautical Engineer who designed early military aircraft. Ink signature ('J. W. Dunne') on a small piece. Together with a similar piece signed in ink by N. S. Percival, an RFC officer and test pilot for the Dunne D.8, a tailless swept wing biplane designed in 1912. VG, 2 Lot: 1061
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1062 PIONEER AVIATORS: A good selection of signed correspondence cards, each bearing the printed address of the Lee collectors of Reading, by various pioneer aviators comprising Samuel F. Cody (granted Royal Aero Club aviators certificate number 9 on 7th June 1910), Captain H. F. Wood (RAC aviators certificate 37, with accompanying T.L.S. by a representative of Vickers), Collyns P. Pizey (RAC aviators certificate 61), J. L. Travers (RAC aviators certificate 86), Harry Busteed (RAC aviators certificate 94) and Louis Noel (RAC aviators certificate 116). Some light age wear and minor discoloration, G to about VG, 6 Lot: 1062
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1063 PIONEER AVIATORS: Selection of vintage signed postcard photographs by various pioneer aviators including B. C. Hucks, Henri Salmet (3, identical images), J. Laurence Hall, Sydney Pickles, Cheridah de Beauvoir Stocks, G. Prensiell (2) etc. The majority are signed to the verso and four are in pencil. Some light age wear, generally G to about VG, 11 Lot: 1063
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1064 PIONEER AVIATORS: Selection of signed correspondence cards, each bearing the printed address of the Lee collectors of Reading, by various pioneer aviators including Robert Slack (granted Royal Aero Club aviators certificate number 157 in 1911, competed in various air races; 2, one being a signed postcard photograph), Geoffrey England (killed in an air crash on Salisbury Plain, 1913), Lawrence Spink, Herbert Spencer (2) etc., also including three unsigned vintage postcard photographs depicting a group of aviators at Hendon etc. Some light age wear and minor discoloration, G to about VG, 13 Lot: 1064
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1065 PIONEER AVIATORS: A good selection of signed correspondence cards (each bearing the printed address of the Lee collectors of Reading), a few A.Ls.S., vintage postcard photographs (signed to verso) etc., by various foreign pioneer aviators comprising Giovanni Sabelli (Flying Ace of World War I), Edouard Baumann (2), Walter Brock (American aviator, winner of three major air races in 1914), Vincent P. Taylor (Australian aviator, known as Captain Penfold), D. Lawrence Santoni, Maurice Chevilliard (in pencil), Julius Nardini (3, two signed in pencil) and Henri M. Jullerot (also signed by Geoffrey England). Some light age wear and minor discoloration, G to about VG, 11 Lot: 1065
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1066 PIONEER AVIATORS: A good selection of signed correspondence cards, each bearing the printed address of the Lee collectors of Reading, by various pioneer aviators comprising William Bendall (granted Royal Aero Club aviators certificate number 180 in 1912), F. Henry Fowler (RAC aviators certificate 221; with an accompanying T.L.S.), Edward Petre (RAC aviators certificate 259), J. Lawrence Hall (aviators certificate 291; A.N.S., in part, 'I only wish that more people appreciated flying in the way that you do.'), Edward Wallace Cheeseman (RAC aviators certificate 293; A.L.S., two pages, 8vo, London Aerodrome, Hendon, 19th February 1913), Edward Birch (RAC aviators certificate 322; pencil signature), W. Lawrence Hardman (RAC aviators certificate 323), Captain John C. Halahan (RAC aviators certificate 354) and Horace A. Buss (RAC aviators certificate 409, 1913). Some light age wear and minor discoloration, G to about VG, 10 Lot: 1066
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1067 PIONEER AVIATORS: A good selection of signed correspondence cards, each bearing the printed address of the Lee collectors of Reading, a few A.Ls.S., by various pioneer aviators comprising Henry Melly (Trafford Park Aerodrome Pilot, the card annotated in his hand '1st monoplane to cross the Mersey, 1st round Liverpool (with or without passengers), 1st to Manchester & Back'), A Dukinfield Jones (passenger with Melly), Henry Howard James (2, one an A.L.S.) and his brother John Herbert James (the first men in Pembrokeshire to build and fly their own aeroplane, 25th September 1913), Sydney Sippe (made the first flight from seawater in Britain, 2nd April 1912), Frederick Warren Merriam (First pilot to fly through cloud, 1912, tutor of Joubert de la Ferte and Warneford VC), Norman Spratt (Holder of the World Altitude Record of 18,900 feet, 14th May 1914), Marcus Dyce Manton (2, one an A.L.S., test pilot and early glider pilot) and Richard H. Barnwell (2, one an A.L.S., made the first powered flight in Scotland, 28th July 1909). Some light age wear and minor discoloration, G to about VG, 12 Lot: 1067
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1068 [WRIGHT BROTHERS]: An interesting, small collection of original vintage photographs of various sizes (mainly 6 x 4) most depicting Wilbur Wright at an aviation school in France, some of the images showing him with other pioneer aviators including Bleriot, Tissandier etc., and one showing him seated in the cockpit of an aircraft. Some of the photographs, by Callizo, bear printed white captions. Also included is a photograph of the Wright Brothers plane on display in an exhibition hall, and three postcard photographs etc. Laid down (1). G to generally VG, 13 Lot: 1068
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1069 WRIGHT ORVILLE: (1871-1948) American Aviator who, with his brother Wilbur, invented and built the world's first successful airplane and made the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight on 17th December 1903. D.S., Orville Wright, being a signed cheque, Dayton, Ohio, 1st July 1921. The partially printed cheque is drawn on the City National Bank and is made payable to E. H. Sines for the sum of $1000. A perforated bank cancellation does not affect Wright's signature. One very small, minor tear to the upper edge, not affecting the text or signature, otherwise VG Lot: 1069
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1070 WRIGHT ORVILLE: (1871-1948) American Aviator who, with his brother Wilbur, invented and built the world's first successful airplane and made the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight on 17th December 1903. Vintage signed and inscribed 7.5 x 9.5 photograph, a formal study of Wright in a head and shoulders pose. Photograph by Underwood & Underwood of Washington. Signed by Wright in fountain pen ink at the base of the image. The signature is a little weak, although legible. Matted in white to an overall size of 11.5 x 14.5. A couple of surface creases to the matt, the photograph VG Lot: 1070
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1071 [BLERIOT LOUIS]: (1872-1936) French Aviator, completed the first flight across a large body of water in a heavier-than-air craft when he crossed the English Channel, 25th July 1909. A fine original vintage sepia 5 x 4.5 unsigned photograph showing Bleriot flying over the French coast in his monoplane as he embarks on his historic flight over the English Channel, 25th July 1909. On the beach below four young children can be seen looking towards the skies, the eldest boy pointing one finger towards Bleriot's aircraft. Photograph by M. Rol of Paris and bearing his credit stamp to the verso. Together with three original vintage unsigned postcards, each showing different images (one colour) of Bleriot's monoplane. About VG, 4 Lot: 1071
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1072 BLERIOT LOUIS: (1872-1936) French Aviator, completed the first flight across a large body of water in a heavier-than-air craft when he crossed the English Channel, 25th July 1909. A good 8vo menu card for a dinner in honour of Bleriot held at the Royal Aero Club on the 25th Anniversary of Bleriot's historic Cross Channel flight, 25th July 1934, signed by Louis Bleriot in bold black fountain pen ink with his name alone to a clear area. Also signed by Baron Brabazon of Tara (1884-1964, English Aviation Pioneer, the first Englishman to pilot a heavier-than-air machine under power in England), Alliott Verdon Roe (1877-1958, English Pioneer Pilot and Aircraft Manufacturer), Lord Londonderry (1878-1949, Anglo-Irish Peer, Secretary of State for Air 1931-35), Lord Gorell (1884-1963, British Peer, Under Secretary of State for Air 1921-22) and Francis Shelmerdine (1881-1945, Director General of Civil Aviation 1934-41). The signatures of Brabazon, Gorell and Shelmerdine are in pencil and the latter is lightly affected by a pale brown stain. Some very light age wear, G Lot: 1072
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1073 BLERIOT LOUIS: (1872-1936) French Aviator, completed the first flight across a large body of water in a heavier-than-air craft when he crossed the English Channel, 25th July 1909. A fine, vintage signed sepia cabinet photograph showing Bleriot standing in a three quarter length pose close to one of his aircraft, part of which can be seen in the immediate background. Photograph by Henri Manuel of Paris. Signed by Bleriot with his name alone in fountain pen ink to a clear area of the image. About EX Lot: 1073
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1074 BLERIOT LOUIS: (1872-1936) French Aviator, completed the first flight across a large body of water in a heavier-than-air craft when he crossed the English Channel, 25th July 1909. A very fine vintage signed and inscribed sepia 11 x 14.5 photograph, the oval image depicting Bleriot in a formal head and shoulders pose. Photograph by Buizard of Paris. Signed in bold, dark fountain pen ink by Bleriot to the lower photographer's mount with an inscription, in French, to Paul Cambon and dated 20th July 1909 in his hand. Framed and glazed in a gold coloured frame to an overall size of 13 x 16. A rare signed photograph with an interesting association, dated just five days before Bleriot's historic flight across the English Channel. A couple of very slight, minor areas of foxing to the mount, not affecting the signature. VG

Paul Cambon (1843-1924) French Diplomat and Ambassador to London 1898-1920.
Lot: 1074
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1075 ALCOCK & BROWN: ALCOCK JOHN (1892-1919) English Pilot & BROWN ARTHUR WHITTEN (1886-1948) British Navigator, together they completed the first successful non-stop transatlantic flight, June 1919. Fountain pen ink signatures of both Alcock ('J. Alcock') and Brown ('A. W. Brown') individually on a slim piece, also signed by Frederick W. Hedges (1896-1954) Victoria Cross winner for his actions North-east of Bousies, France on 24th October 1918 and Edward Inglefield (1861-1945) British Royal Naval officer, inventor of the Inglefield Clip. Dated in ink by the collector at the margin 20th June 1919, just five days after Alcock and Brown's historic flight. Together with a signed and inscribed 8.5 x 6.5 photograph by Bob Dicker, depicting Alcock and Brown's plane in flight, boldly signed in black ink by Dicker and annotated in his hand, 'Engineer Alcock & Brown, Newfoundland 1919, First direct crossing of the Atlantic by aeroplane'. VG, 2

The signatures were obtained at the Connaught Rooms in London during a banquet in honour of Alcock and Brown.
Lot: 1075
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1076 ALCOCK & BROWN: ALCOCK JOHN (1892-1919) English Pilot & BROWN ARTHUR WHITTEN (1886-1948) British Navigator, together they completed the first successful non-stop transatlantic flight, June 1919. An unusual 8vo printed brochure for the Distribution of Prizes to the winners of the Great Model-Making Competition, in conjunction with an Exhibition of Famous War Models at Oxford Street, London, on 10th July 1919, signed to the inside by both Alcock ('J. Alcock') and Brown ('A. W. Brown') individually, who presented the prizes. Both men have signed their names in fountain pen ink beneath their portraits. Accompanied by seven related T.Ls.S. by the organisers to Mr. J. R. Baker, regarding his entry of a model of a Handley-Page aeroplane into the competition and subsequent first prize in the Junior Section, in one letter inviting him to the prize giving presented by Alcock and Brown and in anotheradvising him of his winners cheque for 25 and informing him that his model will be presented to the Prince of Wales. Rare in this form. Some light staining and minor overall surface creasing to the brochure, and more extensive foxing and age wear to the letters, FR to G, 8

Alcock & Brown had accomplished the First Direct flight across the Atlantic in a Vickers-Vimy-Rolls aeroplane the month before the prize giving event, on 14-15th June 1919.
Lot: 1076
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