LOS ANGELES AVIATION: INTERNATIONAL AIR MEET AT DOMINGUEZ HILLS

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LOS ANGELES AVIATION: INTERNATIONAL AIR MEET AT DOMINGUEZ HILLS

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The Air and Space Sale

27 Sep 2017, 13:00 EDT

New York

LOS ANGELES AVIATION: INTERNATIONAL AIR MEET AT DOMINGUEZ HILLS
Archive of items related to the 2nd and 3rd Los Angeles International Air Meets at Dominguez Field, including a vintage photo album attributed to Cleve Shaffer, director of the Pacific Aero Club, containing 115 black and white photos, all approximately 5-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches; 2 modern 3-ring binders containing 50 similar photos of the meets; a binder containing correspondence between Van Griffith of the Aero Club of California, and Geneve Shaffer, totaling 18 typed letters; a group of ephemera related to Cleve Shaffer, with some hand-written notes, two photographs of Shaffer, and numerous press clippings.

The great success of the first Los Angeles International Air Meet at Dominguez Hills was followed by at least two more meets: the second beginning the day after Christmas 1910, the same year as the first, and the third in January of 1912. Images include Archie Hoxsey in a Wright flyer (both meets) and including an image of his bi-plane in a spiral dip, Glenn Curtis (2nd meet), Walter Brookins also in a Wright flyer performing a "spiral dip to death" and setting the altitude record, and other noted aviators including Eugen Ely, Charles Willard, Hubert Latham, Weldon Cooke, Cal Rogers, boy aviator Farnum Fish, Lincoln Beachey, Glen Martin, Clifford Turpin in a Wright aeroplane, English aviator James Radley in a Bleriot, etc. Also includes some images of the crowd in the grandstands and many shot of the aeroplanes.

CLEVE SHAFFER, HIS SISTER GENEVE AND VAN GRIFFITH were among the early luminaries of aviation in California. Cleve Shaffer was an engineer, who—aside from being director of the Pacific Aero Club—was also a member of the American Interplanetary Society and built experimental rocket motors in the 1930s. Geneve Shaffer is credited with being the first American woman to fly a glider. Van Griffith, son of Los Angeles industrialist Griffith J. Griffith, was a founding member of the Aero Club of California, and was responsible for 100 acres of Griffith Park being set aside as an airfield, on land that now houses part of the Griffith Park Zoo and the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum.
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