World War I Military Aircraft. Societa Caproni e Comitti. [Milan, Italy], Studio Edm. Steva, 1914-18.
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World War I Military Aircraft.
Societa Caproni e Comitti.
[Milan, Italy], Studio Edm. Steva, 1914-18.
Sold for US$ 1,125 inc. premium

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World War I Military Aircraft.
Societa Caproni e Comitti. [Milan, Italy], Studio Edm. Steva, 1914-18. A Collection of 15 silver gelatin prints of military aircraft made by Caproni Industries (based at Linate, near Milan), each with the Steva studio stamps at lower left corner, and 14 of them annotated below the image on the mount by the founder Gianni Caproni with his signature and the airplane model number and date, a few with corrections to the inked captions by Caproni in pencil.

Caproni was the first and leading Italian aircraft manufacturer, the business was founded in 1908, with production beginning in 1911. In the war years it specialized in bombers and fighter planes, and its planes were used by Italian, French, British and US airforces in the Great War.
This fine collection of 15 images were presumably used for publicity purposes and show each aircraft at rest on the grass runways of Taliedo or at Linate airfield.. they include 3 images of the Ca.20, an early monoplane fighter design, known from just the one prototype made in 1914, and sold by the family in 1999 to the Museum of Flight, Seattle. Other images include the Ca.31 300Hp (1914), the Ca.30, both heavy day bombers, two of Ca.35, 3 images of the Ca.37 1917-18, Ca.40, Ca.44, Ca.47(a seaplane), all 1917, and two images of the Ca.53 1917-18.
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