Kite Aerial Photography [William Eddy]
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Collection ID:
bulk 1886-1897
Physical Description:
0.05 Cubic feet
This collection consists of photographs relating to the work of aerial kite photography pioneer William Abner Eddy (1850 - 1909).

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of a cabinet card portrait photograph of William Eddy taken in 1886; three photographs of Eddy kites made by photographer William Snell in a studio at Bayonne, New Jersey, on July 23, 1892 (featuring children Margaret D. Eddy and Henry Wood Shelton); and three 3.5 x 3.5 inch aerial kite photographs of Washington, DC, including two of the Capitol Building, taken in September 1897 by Eddy with the assistance of Edward Herbert Young, an aviation writer and member of the Aero Scientific Club of Washington, DC. Also included in the collection is a round blue cardboard badge, with string, issued to Edward Young for the Aeronautical Trials of the Wright Military Flyer held at Fort Myer, Virginia, in 1908.

Materials are arranged chronologically within a single folder.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
William Abner Eddy (January 28, 1850 - December 26, 1909) developed the diamond-shaped kite that bears his name and was a pioneer in kite aerial photography. On May 30, 1895, Eddy took the first mid-air kite photograph in the Western Hemisphere, lifting a 9 x 9 cm format camera using a train of his dihedral diamond kites.

Processing Information
Arranged, described, and encoded by Melissa A. N. Keiser, 2018.
Patti Williams and Melissa A. N. Keiser
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Edward Herbert Young, Gift, 1958, XXXX.0752

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access
Conditions Governing Use
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Preferred Citation
Kite Aerial Photography [William Eddy], Acc. XXXX-0752, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords table of terms and types.
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Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151