Collection of black and white photographs, documents and ephemera relating to John and Alfred Moisant, images include John and his cat Miss Paris, the first cat to fly over the English Channel; the two brothers; Moisant's monoplane (2, one signed and dated Paris, May 15, 1910); his aluminum and steel airplane at Issy-les-Moulineaux and elsewhere (6, plus one photogravure postcard); crossing the Channel (5, plus 3 postcards); French pilots leaving Paris by train for America, December 1910; events at the December 1910 Air Race in New Orleans (6, including 2 of Moisant's fatal flight in his attempt to win the Michelin Cup and its $4,000 prize, when he was thrown from his Bleriot monoplane and landed on his head; visit of the Moisant International Aviators to El Paso, 1912 (4); ditto, to Mexico City; Roland Garros, Edmond Audemars, and Barrier at Havana, Cuba.
Documents comprise a 2-page typed application form for John's entry into the Fêtes d'Aviation de Nancy, completed in manuscript (apparently in Moisant's hand) and SIGNED by him at foot, dated August 5, 1910; a typed letter SIGNED by John, same place and date, to the aircraft manufacturer Borel & Cie., qualifying the financial terms of his engagement at Nancy; a typed letter SIGNED by Alfred, May 15, 1911, on Moisant International Aviators stationery, to Edmond Audemars of the Société Commerciale Franco-Américaine, discussing the manufacture of Moisant airplanes, their flight school, and exhibitions in the Midwest.
John Moisant took flying lessons from Blériot, and built the first all-metal aircraft, in 1909. With his brother, Alfred Moisant, he formed the Moisant International Aviators, a flying circus which went barnstorming around the United States. He met his death in New Orleans in an air crash.