B. F. KEITH'S GRAND EDUCATIONAL DEMONSTRATION Presenting MR. CLAUDE GRAHAME-WHITE. The Famous English Aviator. Saturday, September 24th, 1910. Harvard Aviation Field. Atlantic, Mass. Issued with the Compliments of the Christian Science Monitor. Aviation Event Program, 1879 - 1959, Claude -Aerialist. Keith Grahame-White, B. F. - Event Promoter.

B. F. KEITH'S GRAND EDUCATIONAL DEMONSTRATION Presenting MR. CLAUDE GRAHAME-WHITE. The Famous English Aviator. Saturday, September 24th, 1910. Harvard Aviation Field. Atlantic, Mass. Issued with the Compliments of the Christian Science Monitor.

(n. p.): 1910. One printed sheet of grey-green paper, folded once vertically. [4] pp. 9-3/8" x 5-3/4". Printed self-wrappers. Now housed in an archival mylar sleeve. Faint vertical fold-line. Nr Fine. Item #36841

Claude Grahame-White was the Glamour Boy of early aviation... somewhat of a playboy, with no engineering background whatsoever, Grahame-White became enamoured of flying when, in 1908, he saw the Wright's demonstrate their invention to the French crowds at Camp d’Auvours. Within a relatively short time, self-taught, Grahame-White soloed his Blériot without a formal lesson. He quickly made a name for himself as a dashing aviator, when, in 1910, J. V. Martin of the Harvard Aeronautical Society, invited him to compete in the first Boston-Harvard Meet. With the promise of a $50,000 retainer & expenses, Grahame-White accepted. Grahame-White won that one, and others, as he thrilled spectators with his races & aerial exhibitions such as that announced in this "One-man Show" program.

This rare survivor lists the divers aerial stunts to be performed by Grahame-White during the day... "With the Bleriot Monoplane" includes a dive from 4000 feet "with engine stopped." "With the Farman Biplane", the 12 planned events include "Aerial switchback flying", "The corkscrew glide [spin?] from a high altitude." & "Knocking down ninepins placed on the ground, without alighting."

With this sort of exhibition, and his dashing & flamboyant personality, the handsome Grahame-White gave the new aviation field, previously dominated by engineers, something that had been lacking to date... a 'sexy' nature.

Price: $350.00