1906 Automobile and Aero Clubs of America Joint Show Photographs

Collection ID:
Beals, Jessie Tarbox
bulk 1906
Physical Description:
0.5 Cubic feet
(1 folder)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of sixteen black and white photographs taken by photographer Jessie Tarbox Beals of the aeronautical exhibitions at this show. Nine of the photographs are mounted on heavy cardboard. Exhibits shown in the photographs include a Lilienthal Glider; Herring aircraft; Santos-Dumont (Alberto), No.9 La Baladeuse; Langley aircraft; California Arrow aircraft; various kites including The Oionos and tetrahedral kites; a Maurice Mallet exhibit; U.S. Patent Office models; and a Leo Stevens exhibit.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The Aero Club of America (ACA) was the United States' oldest national aviation organization and is the mother organization from which all U.S. air sports organizations either directly, or indirectly, evolved. Founded in 1905, the ACA underwent reorganization in 1922, when it became the National Aeronautic Association (NAA). The club was the focal point of organized aviation in the U.S., and its early members were some of the most influential leaders in American science and industry. The ACA served United States aviation in a variety of roles, and fostered the development of all forms of flight. It was the ACA, not the federal government, that began the practice of regulating flight safety by issuing flying licenses based on a demonstrated ability to competently operate a vehicle of the air. The ACA was also the first body of aviation experts in the U.S. to publicly endorse the efforts of the Wright Brothers and the club was instrumental in persuading Congress to fund military aviation. In January 1906, the ACA joined with the Automobile Club of America to hold a show in New York's Sixty-ninth Regiment Armory.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
A. Leo Stevens?, Gift, Unknown

Using the Collection
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Preferred Citation
1906 Automobile and Aero Clubs of America Joint Show Photographs, Accession XXXX-0902, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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