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Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series VII. Airplanes - Miscellaneous
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Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series VII. Airplanes - Miscellaneous

Accession 20100108.ZTV.VII

Published Collections Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
research@hagley.org

Finding aid prepared by Emily Cottle, Laura Muskavitch, Robin Valencia, Nicole Watts, Kenton Jaehnig, Alison Kreitzer, Annalise Berdini, and Vicki Wasserman in 2013.,

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Cite items for this collection in the following format:
[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series VII. Airplanes - Miscellaneous (Accession 20100108.ZTV.VII), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series VII. Airplanes - Miscellaneous
Dates: 1908-2009, undated
Accession Number: 20100108.ZTV.VII
Creator: Vinson, Z. Taylor
Extent: 4 linear feet
Language of Material: Materials are mostly in English, but also include a few items in French, German, and Czech.
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Published Collections Department
Abstract: This series contains materials relating to airplanes in general, rather than to individual airplane manufacturers.
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Administrative Information


Provenance

Gift of the Z. Taylor Vinson Estate, 2010.

Processing Notes

The collection was processed with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may apply.

The collection is housed in off-site storage. Please allow 24 hours notice to view the materials. Advance notice is not required for books and periodicals.

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Biographical Note

For over sixty years, Zachary Taylor Vinson (1933-2009) amassed a large and comprehensive collection of printed material documenting on the history transportation, particularly automobiles.

Born and raised in West Virginia, Vinson was a 1955 graduate of Princeton University. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany, then moved to New York City to work in advertising until he graduated from the University of Virginia Law School in 1961. Vinson practiced law with O’Melveney & Meyers in Los Angeles, California and the International Finance Corporation in Washington, D.C. until 1967 when he began working as a senior lawyer with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a position he held until his retirement in 2003. Vinson played a significant role in the drafting of federal safety regulations governing tires and those requiring high-mounted brake lights in the rear window of automobiles, which began with the 1986 model year.

At the age of four, Vinson was introduced to automobile literature when he was given a 1938 Ford trade catalog. Vinson began attending automobile shows to actively collect by the time he turned seven. He would ask that his parents drive him to Huntington’s “Automobile Row,” where Vinson would collect literature from the dealerships located there. By the age of fourteen, Vinson was writing to the British, French, Italian, and Czech embassies in Washington, D.C. to request the addresses of automakers in those countries from whom he could obtain literature.

As he grew older, Vinson collected trade literature from additional sources, including, but not limited to, automobile manufacturers, fellow collectors, memorabilia dealers, auto shows, and auctions. He eventually amassed so much material that he built an addition to his Virginia home to store it all, which he referred to as his “Autotorium.”

In addition to collecting, Vinson was an active member of automobile organizations. He was president of the Society of Automotive Historians from 1993 to 1995 and served as the editor of Automotive History Review from 1995 to 2009. Z. Taylor Vinson passed away at the age of 76 on October 25, 2009.

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Scope and Content

This series contains materials relating to airplanes in general, rather than to individual airplane manufacturers.

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Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject, and thereunder chronologically.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

Box
7-1 Aero Salon '93, 1993 [Contains a flyer, a program, and a slide show list regarding this air show held in Prague, Czech Republic.]
Box
7-1 Air and Space Bicentennial, 1983 [Contains materials relating to the 200th anniversary of the world's first human flight by Joseph and Etienne de Montgolfier in a hot air balloon. Includes a Summer 1983 issue of Aviation Space Magazine and an advertising supplement from the June 1983 issue of Forbes Magazine.]
Box
7-1 Air & Space/Smithsonian, 1992 [Contains the "The Pursuit of Speed, The Airplane: From First to Fastest," which was a supplement to the April/May 1992 issue of Air & Space/Smithsonian.]
Box
7-1 Airplanes - Clippings, 1909-2005 [Contains miscellaneous magazine and newspaper articles regarding airplanes.]
Box
7-OS1 Airplanes: Clippings, 1936-1996 [Contains miscellaneous magazine and newspaper articles relating to airplanes.]
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7-1 American Club of Paris, 1928 [Contains a menu for a luncheon held by this organization for Dieudonné Costes and Joseph Le Brix, two French pilots who flew around the world. The menu is autographed by General John J. Pershing.]
Box
7-1 Antoinette, 1908 [Contains a magazine advertisement for Antoinette aircraft and marine engines.]
Box
7-1 Automotive Industries: Clippings, 1919 [Contains magazine articles regarding airplanes from this automobile magazine.]
Box
7-1 Aviation Hobby Shop, undated [Contains a trade catalog for the Aviation Hobby Shop located in West Drayton, England.]
Box
7-1 Banque de France, 1993 [Contains a French 50 Franc note featuring an image of an unidentified aviation pioneer.]
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7-1 Beck Distributing Corporation, undated [Contains a brochure for this firm's aviator goggles.]
Box
7-1 Bendix Trophy, undated [Contains a brochure about this trophy, which was awarded by Bendix Corporation to the winners of the Bendix Trophy air races.]
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7-1 Brooklands Museum, 2004, 2006, undated [Contains brochures for this transportation museum in Weybridge, England. Also contains a letter from Ronald Pook regarding the Brooklands Museum, e-mail correspondence between Z. Taylor Vinson and Harriet Davision regarding Ronald Pook, and a photocopy of the document "The Harrier - A Brief History."]
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7-1 Capitol Area Soaring School, 1973 [Contains a brochure for this soaring school in West Hyattsville, Maryland.]
Box
7-1 Centennial of Flight - Clippings, 2003 [Contains magazine articles and a newspaper article regarding the 100th anniversary of the world's first powered flight by the Wright Brothers.]
Box
7-OS1 Centennial of Flight - Clippings, 2003 [Contains newspaper articles regarding the 100 th anniversary of the world's first powered flight by the Wright Brothers.]
Box
7-1 Centennial of Flight - General Publications, 2002-2003 [Contains miscellaneous printed materials regarding the 100th anniversary of the world's first powered flight by the Wright Brothers.]
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7-1 Centennial of Flight - Serials, 2000, 2003 [Contains two magazines featuring articles pertaining to the Wright Brothers and the 100th anniversary of the world's first powered flight: a September 17, 2000 issue of The Washington Post Magazine and a December 2003 issue of National Geographic.]
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7-1 College Park Aviation Museum, 2006 [Contains a brochure for this aviation museum in College Park, Maryland.]
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7-1 Deperdussin, Armand, 1973 [Contains a reprint of the journal article "The Rise and Fall of Armand Deperdussin," which is a brief biography of this French aviation pioneer.]
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7-OS1 Echo Continental, 1919 [Contains a September 1919 issue of Echo Continental magazine, which features the article "Luftplauderei," which is about aviation. Echo Continental was published by Continental-Caoutchouc and Gutta-Percha Company.]
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7-1 Falardeau, Albert J., 1945 [Contains clippings of a patent for a steam aircraft engine designed by Albert J. Falardeau.]
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7-1 Federal Aviation Administration, 1983, circa 1985 [Contains the Federal Aviation Administration publications A World on Wings: International Cooperation and New Directions for the 21 st Century.]
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7-OS1 Flying Circus Airshow, 2004 [Contains a newspaper article about this air show held in Bealton, Virginia.]
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7-OS1 Gulf Refining Company, 1933 [Contains the air atlas 1933-1934 Aviation Atlas, which was published by Gulf Refining Company.]
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7-1 Hiller Aviation Institute Museum, 2005 [Contains printed materials and a flyer for this aviation museum in San Carlos, California.]
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7-1 Interavia Airletter, 1983 [Contains a May 29, 1983 (Paris Air Show) issue of this newsletter published by Interavia S. A.]
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7-1 International Air Races, 1933 [Contains a brochure for the 1933 International Air Races, which were held in Chicago, Illinois. This event was part of the Century of Progress World's Fair.]
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7-F1 L'Illustration - Clippings, 1919-1929 [Contains magazine articles from this French aviation magazine.]
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7-F1 L'Illustration - Serial, 1928 [Contains a June 1928 issue of this French aviation magazine.]
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7-1 Marsh Aviation Company, circa 1970s-1980s [Contains a company overview for this aviation engineering firm in Mesa, Arizona.]
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7-1 Martin-Baker, undated [Contains a press release announcing the selection of Martin-Baker's Mk. 10 ejection seat for use in Saab-Scania fighter planes.]
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7-F1 Miscellaneous Clippings, 1922-1937, undated [Contains miscellaneous newspaper clippings regarding airplanes and aviation.]
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7-1 Mitchell Gallery of Flight, undated [Contains a brochure for this aviation museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.]
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7-1 Motor Industry of Great Britain, 1943-1944 [Contains magazine advertisements for airplanes and aircraft engines built by British automakers during World War II.]
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7-1 Musée Air France, 1983, 2003 [Contains a brochure and a product catalog for this aviation museum in Paris, France.]
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7-1 Musée Historique De L'Hydraviation, 1983-1990 [Contains brochures, correspondence, flyers, a newsletter, and a magazine clipping for this aviation museum in Biscarrosse, France.]
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7-1 Museum of Aviation and Space, 1991 [Contains an exhibit catalog for this aviation museum in Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic).]
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7-1 Museum of Flying, undated [Contains a brochure for this aviation museum in Santa Monica, California.]
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7-1 National Air Races, 1931-1946 [Contains brochures for the 1931, 1932, and 1946 National Air Races, all of which were held in Cleveland, Ohio.]
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7-2 Paris Air Show - Catalog, 1983 [Contains a catalog for the 1983 edition of this annual international air show held in Paris, France.]
Box
7-2 Paris Air Show - Clippings, 1983, undated [Contains newspaper articles regarding this annual international air show held in Paris, France.]
Box
7-OS1 Paris Air Show - Clippings, 1983 [Contains newspaper articles about the 1983 edition of this annual international air show held in Paris, France.]
Box
7-2 Paris Air Show: Serials, 1983, 2009 [Contains the May 30, 1983 issue of Le Quotidien du Salon Le Bourget 83 and the June 16, 2009 issue of Aviation Week Show News. Both of these magazines feature articles pertaining to the Paris Air Show.]
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7-2 Paris Air Show: Souvenir, 1983 [Contains a sticker for the 1983 Paris Air Show.]
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7-2 Queen Mary & Spruce Goose, undated [Contains a brochure for this maritime and aviation museum in Long Beach, California.]
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7-2 Rallye U.L.M. de Tunisie, 1983 [Contains a flier for this ultralight aircraft rally held in Tunisia.]
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7-2 Renault - General Publications, circa 1927, 1930 [Contains two brochures regarding long distance flights by airplanes powered by Renault aircraft engines.]
Box
7-2 Renault - Research Notes, 2005 [Contains web page printouts regarding the history of Renault's aircraft engine business.]
Box
7-2 Renault - Trade Catalogs: Specific Model, 1930, undated [Contains two catalogs for Renault 100 CV aircraft engines.]
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7-2 Renault: Trade Catalog: Various Models, 1914 [Contains a catalog for various Renault aircraft engines.]
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7-2 Research Notes, 1994, 2005 [Contains research notes regarding specifications for the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 airliners. Also contains photocopies of the following magazine articles from Aviation Week & Space Technology: "Boeing Refines Designs for 600 Seat NLA" and "Cost, Not Size, to Drive Success of Superjumbo.]
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7-2 Rhein Main Air Force Base, undated [Contains a bumper sticker for this military air base near Frankfurt am Main, Germany.]
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7-2 Royal Air Force Air Display, 1933 [Contains a program for the 14 th Royal Air Force Air Display, an air show held in Hendon, England.]
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7-2 Rumpler, I.E., 1930 [Contains the Aero Digest magazine article "Dr. Rumpler's Trans-Ocean Airliner," which concerns a proposed airliner designed by Dr. I.E. Rumpler, the founder of Rumpler Fluzeugwerke.]
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7-2 SECA, undated [Contains a company overview for this aircraft maintenance firm in Le Bourget, France.]
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7-2 Shuttleworth Collection, 1987 [Contains an admission ticket, a brochure, and an itinerary for this transportation museum near Biggleswade, England.]
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7-2 Smith House Toys, 1991 [Contains a catalog, a flier, and item lists for the Phil Henderson Collection of Toy Airplanes and Aeronautical Items. This collection was put up for auction by Smith House Toys in 1991.]
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7-2 Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, 1998-1999, undated [Contains two maps of the National Air and Space Museum, a brochure for show times at the Samuel P. Langley Theater, a brochure for the Albert Einstein Spacearium, and a brochure for the Paul E. Garber Facility. Also contains printed teaching materials for this museum's Air Transportation Gallery. A teacher guide and three posters are found in this folder as well.]
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7-2 Soaring, 1983 [Contains an August 1983 issue of Soaring magazine.]
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7-2 Sunoco, circa 1943-1945 [Contains the World War II airplane recognition brochure War Planes and Air Lanes: Silhouettes, Descriptions, and Air Mileages, which was published by Sunoco.]
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7-2 Turf Soaring School, 1973 [Contains a student glider pilot logbook from this soaring school in Phoenix, Arizona.]
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7-2 United Airlines Historical Foundation, circa 2005 [Contains a brochure for this aviation museum in Denver, Colorado.]
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7-2 Wright-Hispano, 1920 [Contains magazine advertisements for Wright-Hispano aircraft engines, which were built under license from Hispano-Suiza by Wright Aeronautical Corporation.]