Very rare folding postcard International Aviation Meet 1911



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Very rare folding postcard 1911 AIRSHOW CHICAGO mounted in old frame 

you will see from images how good this is.

International Aviation Meet 1911 Grant Park Chicago:


 After Max Rigot, an old framed monochrome print of a photograph of The 1911 Chicago International Aviation Meet (August 12 to August 20, 1911) which was the major aviation show held at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois, United States in August 1911.


Lincoln Beachey set a World altitude record of 11,642 feet at the meet. Showing a plethora of early of early mono and bi-planes at Grant Park next to Lake Michigan. William. R. Badger and St. Croix Johnston both died in aviation accidents at the meet. The wings on Badger's biplane collapsed when he tried to pull out of dive too late and Johnstone crashed into Lake Michigan after his engine failed.




Outer frame size 72.5cm x 32.5cm


Inner mount 58cm x 19cm


This print has fold lines & has some discolouration which just adds to the charm of this very old monochrome print of an original photograph


The Aero Club of Illinois planned two great events for 1911. The first was the great Chicago International Aviation Meet held August 12-20 of 1911 in beautiful Grant Park, and became the high mark for aviation meets in the U.S. prior to World War I. The site of the Meet was along the shore of Lake Michigan, directly across from Michigan Avenue, and drew very large crowds who watched from a mile-long set of grandstands. A total of 34 aviators (including entrants from England, Poland, France and Germany) competed for over $70,000 ($1,000,000 in current value) in prizes.

The Baldwin, Curtiss, Moisant and Wright exhibition teams participated in the Meet, as did a number of independent aviators. Lincoln Beachey set a world’s record with his 11,642 ft. altitude flight in a Curtiss pusher biplane; George Beatty stayed aloft for over 3 hr. 42 min. in a Wright Model B biplane. Two deaths occurred, William “Billy” Badger died in a crash on the field after his wings collapsed and St. Croix Johnstone drowned in Lake Michigan while at the controls of his Moisant-Bleriot Monoplane. Some thought was given to stopping the Meet due to the deaths, but the Meet went forward.

Facilities for the 1911 Aviation Meet at Grant Park were well-planned and robust. The Meet’s hangars were substantial well-constructed affairs, with steel beam girder supports and hefty, windowed wooden doors. Harold F. McCormick provided much of the financial support for the endeavor and, once the accounting for the Meet was completed, covered the significant $75,000 deficit ($1,125,000 in current value), as well. McCormick was known as a fellow who, despite his social standing and wealth, didn’t stand on ceremony when it came to aviation. At the 1911 International Aviation Meet he was described as having “torn shirt sleeves and with the brim of his straw hat torn off.”

Chicagoans flocked to the specially constructed Grant Park airfield, built east and south of the Art Institute, and the imminent threat of danger was no doubt part of the draw. The nine-day event did not disappoint. Almost immediately, world records — and planes — started falling.

Arthur Stone’s Queen Bleriot monoplane “turned turtle” just two minutes into his run, at a height of 10 feet, and crashed. The 30,000 spectators “were silent or screaming with horror,” the Tribune reported on Aug. 13, but then the wreckage stirred, and “Stone’s head popped out from under the fuselage. The machine, raising up some more, both Stone and (mechanic Fritz) Romain crawled out and stood up.” The crowd cheered in relief.

The first world record was broken when A.L. Walsh kept his Wright biplane, carrying one passenger, aloft for more than two hours. He won $3,000.


Spirited races and awe-inspiring aerial feats kept the stands packed. The Tribune reported that hotel rooms were hard to come by, especially along South Michigan Avenue

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