n.p. n.p., ca. 1908-1910.
Photograph. 17 original early aviation photographs (removed from an album) taken in the early 1900's. Miniature photographs vary in size and range from 2-3" to 4". 4 of the 17 pictures are of Wright/Curtiss type planes in flight: Wright-type flyer silhouetted against sky with "Aurora, Ill. 1908" written on the verso; Wright type flyer in the sky; Curtiss-type flyer in the sky with marker, structure, and partial horizon; and Curtiss-type flyer in the sky. Another 3 views taken at the Belmont Park (New York) track: spectators viewing the plane; person looking toward the plane partially obscured by the railing; and soldiers around the plane with "Belmont Park, N.Y. written in the verso. An additional 4 photographs taken of Gliders: manned glider off ground with "Muskegon, Mich 1910" written on the verso; standing by a glider with "Ed's Glider" written on the verso (note: this photograph is chipped on the edges); running downhill with glider; and working on the glider. The last 6 photographs are glider tests and sand dunes: poised on a sand dune; wing-tip hits sand; lift off (note: chipped at edge); off ground and out of control; men standing next to downed plane on beach with "Where we kept the airship" written on verso; and glider toppling. Most pictures in good condition except where noted. Good. Item #26423
Photographer of these pictures was Burtcel Edgar Williams (1877-1949). These pictures are not published and belonged to the family of Burtcel Williams. Williams was a veteran of the Spanish American War. At the turn of the century Williams served as a river yacht captain and chauffeur while working for E. W. Andrews of Chicago and Daytona Beach. In 1910 Williams opened an automobile repair garage in Daytona, Florida.