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Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series XVII. Pictorial - Aviation

Accession 20100108.ZTV.XVII

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 XVII. Pictorial - Aviation (Accession 20100108.ZTV.XVII), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series XVII. Pictorial - Aviation
Dates: 1936-2007
Accession Number: 20100108.ZTV.XVII
Creator: Vinson, Z. Taylor
Extent: 3 linear feet
Language of Material: English, French, Russian, German, Hungarian, Czech, Arabic, Japanese, Italian
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Published Collections Department
Abstract: This series consists primarily of images of airplane makes and poster reproductions.
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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 consists mainly of postcards and promotional cards, but also includes some photographs, prints, and transparencies. Most of the items in the series are images of airplane makes and poster reproductions, but some items include images of model planes or illustrations.

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Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject and thereunder, alphabetically by format type.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

Aero, 1999
1 folder
This subseries documents Aero. Item is a photocopy of an unidentified Aero.
Box
17-1 Photocopies, 1999
Aeroflot, 1992
1 folder
This subseries documents Aeroflot. The promotional cards consist of pocket calendars advertising Aeroflot. All materials are in Russian and English.
Box
17-1 Promotional Cards, 1992
Aeropostale, 1988, undated
2 folders
This subseries documents Aeropostale. The postcards include 7 images of various Aeropostale advertisement reproductions. The prints consist of 3 images of Aeropostale advertisements. Materials are in French and English.
Box
17-1 Postcards, 1988, undated
Box
17-1 Prints, undated
Airbus, undated
2 folders
This subseries documents Airbus. The postcards consist of an image of an Airbus A300. The promotional cards consist of two images of an Airbus A320.
Box
17-1 Postcards, undated
Box
17-1 Promotional Cards, undated
Air France, 1984-1992, undated
3 folders
This subseries documents Air France. The postcards include 12 images of various Air France advertisements and plane models. The promotional cards (Folder I) include 27 images of various Air France advertisement and painting reproductions; images are part of a series called "Images d'Air France" (includes a letter from Air France). The promotional cards (Folder II) include 33 images of various Air France advertisement and painting reproductions; images are part of a series called "Images d'Air France." Materials are in French and English.
Box
17-1 Postcards, 1984-1987, undated
Box
17-1 Promotional Cards I, 1989-1990
Box
17-1 Promotional Cards II, 1990-1992
Air Union, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Air Union. Item is a print of an Air Union advertisement.
Box
17-1 Prints, undated
American Airlines, 1941
1 folder
This subseries documents American Airlines. Item is a photograph of an American Airlines plane.
Box
17-1 Photographs, 1941
Antonov, 2003-2007
1 folder
This subseries documents Antonov. The promotional cards consist of eight images of various Antonov models.
Box
17-1 Promotional Cards, 2003-2007
Aviatik, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Aviatik. Item is a postcard of an Aviatik advertisement. All materials are in English and German.
Box
17-1 Postcards, undated
BCPA, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents BCPA. Item is a postcard of a BCPA advertisement.
Box
17-1 Postcards, undated
BEA, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents BEA. Item is a postcard of a British European Airways advertisement.
Box
17-1 Postcards, undated
BOAC, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents BOAC. The postcards consist of 4 images of BOAC advertisements.
Box
17-1 Postcards, undated
Boeing, 1995, undated
2 folders
This subseries documents Boeing. The greeting cards consist of an image of a B17 "Memphis Belle". The postcards consist of an image of a Boeing 747-400.
Box
17-1 Greeting Cards, undated
Box
17-1 Postcards, 1995
Brandenburg, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Brandenburg. Item is a postcard of an unidentified Brandenburg, circa 1932. All materials are in Hungarian, English, German, and Russian.
Box
17-1 Postcards, undated
British Aerospace, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents British Aerospace. Item is a promotional card of a British Aerospace ATP.
Box
17-1 Promotional Cards, undated
British Airways, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents British Airways. The postcards consist of 3 images of British Airways advertisements and 4 images of British Airways' Concorde supersonic airliner.
Box
17-1 Postcards, undated
British West Indian Airways, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents British West Indian Airways. Item is a postcard of a British West Indian Airways advertisement.
Box
17-1 Postcards, undated
Centennial of Flight, 1978-2003, undated
4 folders
This subseries documents Centennial of Flight. The greeting cards consist of two images of Charles E. Taylor, Mechanician to the Wright Brothers. The photographs include six images of the 2003 Centennial of Flight Celebration. The postcards consist of two images of the Wright Brothers National Memorial. The transparencies consist of five sets of images from the Wright Brothers, along with an explanatory manual.
Box
17-1 Greeting Cards, undated
Box
17-1 Photographs, 2003
Box
17-1 Postcards, 1984
Box
17-1 Transparencies, 1978
Cessna, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Cessna. Item is a promotional card of an unidentified Cessna.
Box
17-1 Promotional Cards, undated
CFRNA, 1987
1 folder
This subseries documents CFRNA. Item is a postcard of a CFRNA advertisement. All materials are in French.
Box
17-1 Postcards, 1987
Concorde, 1995
1 folder
This subseries documents Concorde. Item is a greeting card of the cockpit of an unidentified Concorde. Materials are in English and French.
Box
17-1 Greeting Cards, 1995
Concours International D'Hydro Airplanes, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Concours International D'Hydro Airplanes. Item is a postcard of a Concours International D'Hydro Aeroplanes advertisement.
Box
17-1 Postcards, undated
Consolidated, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Consolidated. The prints consist of an image of a Consolidated Liberator Liner, along with a description of the plane and its carrying capacity.
Box
17-2 Prints, undated
CSA, 1979
1 folder
This subseries documents CSA. Item is a collection of 33 color prints and additional promotional cards, all featuring images of various CSA planes. Materials are in English, Czech, and Russian.
Box
17-F1 Prints, 1979
Curtiss, 1982
1 folder
This subseries documents Curtiss. Item is a postcard of a Curtiss P-40C "Tomahawk" 1941.
Box
17-2 Postcards, 1982
Curtiss Flying Service, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Curtiss Flying Service. Item is a postcard of a Curtiss Flying Service advertisement.
Box
17-2 Postcards, undated
De Havilland, 1990
1 folder
This subseries documents De Havilland. Item is a postcard of a De Havilland D.H. 88 Comet, 1934.
Box
17-2 Postcards, 1990
Deutsche Lufthansa, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Deutsche Lufthansa. Item is a print of a Deutsche Lufthansa advertisement. All materials are in German.
Box
17-2 Prints, undated
Douglas, 1968, undated
2 folders
This subseries documents Douglas. The photographs consist of an image of a U.S. Navy RA-33 Shywarrior Photo Reconnaissance Aircraft. The postcards consist of images of a C-53 Transport Plane and of Al-Ta'Era Square in Jeddah. All materials are in English and Arabic.
Box
17-2 Photographs, 1968
Box
17-2 Postcards, undated
Embraer, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Embraer. The promotional cards consist of images of an ERJ 135, an ERJ 145, and an ERJ 190.
Box
17-2 Promotional Cards, undated
Farman Line, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Farman Line. Item is a postcard of a Farman Line advertisement. All materials are in French.
Box
17-2 Postcards, undated
Fokker, 1993, undated
2 folders
This subseries documents Fokker. The postcards consist of images of a Fokker DR-I and a 1927 Fokker F-Vlla. Materials are in English and German.
Box
17-2 Postcards, 1993, undated
Ford, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Ford. Item is a postcard of a Ford 5-AT.
Box
17-2 Postcards, undated
The Graf Zeppelin, 1978
1 folder
This subseries documents the Graf Zeppelin. Items consist of 4 photographs taken by Z. Taylor Vinson at the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The photographs are of a 1929 Graf Zeppelin Menu, an interior view of the zeppelin, and a model of the interior of the zeppelin.
Box
17-F1 Photographs, 1978
Grands Express Aeriens, 1987
1 folder
This subseries documents Grands Express Aeriens. The postcards consist of 2 images of Grands Express Aeriens advertisements. All materials are in French.
Box
17-2 Postcards, 1987
Hawker, 1982
1 folder
This subseries documents Hawker. Item is a postcard of a Hawker "Hurricane" MK I 1940.
Box
17-2 Postcards, 1982
Heinkel, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Heinkel. Item is a postcard of a Heinkel advertisement. All materials are in German and English.
Box
17-2 Postcards, undated
Hiller Aviation Institute Museum, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Hiller Aviation Institute Museum. The photographs consist of images of a model of a Renault Caudron, a Fowler-Wright Engine, a 1916 Hali-Scott A-7, a model of the First Heavier-than-Air powered flight unmanned ship(1869), and two aviation advertisements.
Box
17-2 Photographs, 2005
Hindenburg, 1936
1 folder
This subseries documents Hindenburg. The postcards consist of images of the LZ 129 "Hindenburg."
Box
17-2 Postcards, 1936
Imperial Airways, undated
2 folders
This subseries documents Imperial Airways. The postcards consist of 9 images of various Imperial Airways advertisements. The prints consist of an image of an Imperial Airways advertisement.
Box
17-2 Postcards, undated
Box
17-2 Prints, undated
JAZ, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents JAZ. The postcards consist of 3 images of unidentified JAZ airplanes. All materials are in Japanese and English.
Box
17-2 Postcards, undated
Junkers, 1990, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Junkers. The postcards consist of images of a Junkers F-13 (1920), a Junkers Ju-52 (1939), and a Junkers F 13 (1910s). Materials are in English and German.
Box
17-2 Postcards, 1990, undated
King Khaled International Airport, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents King Khaled International Airport. Item is a postcard of the interior of the King Khaled International Airport terminal building. All materials are in English and Arabic.
Box
17-2 Postcards, undated
KLM, 1999, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents KLM. The postcards consist of images of KLM's Douglas DC-8 Intercontinental Jet, KLM's Lockheed Prop-Jet Electra II, and a KLM advertisement.
Box
17-2 Postcards, 1999, undated
Latecoere, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Latecoere. Item is a postcard of a Late 631. All materials are in French.
Box
17-2 Postcards, undated
LET, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents LET. Item is a print of an L410 UVP-E.
Box
17-2 Prints, undated
Lignes Aeriennes G. Latecoere, 1987
1 folder
This subseries documents Lignes Aeriennes G. Latecoere. Item is a postcard of a Lignes Aeriennes G. Latecoere advertisement. All materials are in French.
Box
17-2 Postcards, 1987
Lufthansa, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Lufthansa. Postcards include images of a Lufthansa A310, a Lufthansa Airbus A320-200, a Lufthansa Airbus A310-300, a Lufthansa Boeing 720 B, and a Lufthansa advertisement. Materials are in German and English.
Box
17-2 Postcards, undated
Magyar Lloyd, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Magyar Lloyd. Item is a postcard of a 1914 Magyar Lloyd. All materials are in English and Hungarian.
Box
17-2 Postcards, undated
Miscellaneous Airships, 1989, undated
2 folders
This subseries documents Miscellaneous Airships. The greeting card is a Christmas card featuring Santa Claus flying in an airship. The photographs consist of two images of an unidentified US Navy zeppelin. The postcards include images of four airship advertisements. These include Zeppelin Mail, the Hamburg-American Line, and Kursaal de Lucerne, and one unspecified New York Line. The promotional cards consist of five advertisements for Vero Estratto di Carne Liebig, set with various modes of air travel. All materials are in Italian.
Box
17-2 Greeting Card, undated
Box
17-2 Photographs, undated
Box
17-2 Postcards, 1989, undated
Box
17-2 Promotional Cards, undated
Miscellaneous Aviation, 1980, undated
3 folders
This subseries documents Miscellaneous Aviation. The greeting cards consist of the image of an unidentified airplane. The postcards consist of an image of the passenger cabin of an unidentified French Seaplane, which flew along the Antibes-Ajaccio line. The prints include 13 images of Pan American art from 1930s flights and eight images of Air France 1930s-1950s posters. Materials are in French and English.
Box
17-2 Greeting Cards, 1980
Box
17-2 Postcards, undated
Box
17-2 Prints, undated
Mitsubishi, 1982
1 folder
This subseries documents Mitsubishi. Item is a postcard of a Mitsubishi A6M2 "Zero" 1941.
Box
17-3 Postcards, 1982
Mittelholzer, Walter: First North-South Flight Across Africa, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Walter Mittelholzer's North-South Flight across Africa in 1927. Item is a postcard of an advertisement for Mittelholzer's North-South flight across Africa. All materials are in German.
Box
17-3 Postcards, 1982
Musee Air France, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Musee Air France. The postcards include 20 images of model aircrafts. All materials are in French.
Box
17-3 Postcards, undated
North American, 1982
1 folder
This subseries documents North American. Item is a postcard of a North American P-51D "Mustang" 1944.
Box
17-3 Postcards, 1982
Northrup, 1990
1 folder
This subseries documents Northrup. Item is a postcard of the Northrop Alpha monoplane.
Box
17-3 Postcards, 1990
Pan Am, 1943, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Pan Am. The postcards include images of various Pan Am airliners and Pan Am's passenger terminal at Miami Airport.
Box
17-3 Postcards, 1943, undated
Piedmont, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Piedmont. Item is a postcard of a Piedmont Boeing 737-200 airliner.
Box
17-3 Postcards, 1943, undated
Qantas, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Qantas. The postcards include 4 images of various Qantas advertisements.
Box
17-3 Postcards, undated
Queen Mary and Spruce Goose, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Queen Mary and Spruce Goose. The postcards include images of the Spruce Goose, located next to the Queen Mary.
Box
17-3 Postcards, undated
Republic, 1982
1 folder
This subseries documents Republic. Item is a postcard of a Republic P-47D "Thunderbolt" 1944.
Box
17-3 Postcards, 1982
Rockwell International, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Rockwell International. The prints consist of images of the HiMAT model, the B-1B, an illustration of the "Advanced Fighter Concept," and the US Air Force B-1.
Box
17-3 Prints, undated
Ryan, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Ryan. Item is a greeting card of the "Spirit of Saint Louis" Ryan.
Box
17-3 Greeting Cards, undated
Sabena, 1977, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Sabena. The postcards include images of two Sabena advertisements.
Box
17-3 Postcards, 1977, undated
Saudi Arabian Airlines, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Saudi Arabian Airlines. Item is a print of a Saudi Arabian Airlines advertisement. All materials are in English and Arabic.
Box
17-3 Prints, undated
Seversky, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Seversky. Item is a promotional card of a Seversky Amphibian.
Box
17-3 Promotional Cards, undated
Stearman, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Stearman. Item is a promotional card of a US Army Standard Trainer (PT-13A).
Box
17-3 Promotional Cards, undated
Supermarine, 1982, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Supermarine. Item is a postcard of a Supermarine S.6B and a Supermarine "Spitfire" MK I 1940.
Box
17-3 Postcards, 1982, undated
Swissair, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Swissair. The postcards include images of a Douglas DC-3 and a Swissair advertisement. All materials are in German and English.
Box
17-3 Postcards, undated
TAT, 1993
1 folder
This subseries documents TAT. Item is a postcard of an OH-LYG McDonnell Douglas DC-9.
Box
17-3 Postcards, 1993
Tupoleu, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Tupoleu. Item is a postcard of an ANT-25.
Box
17-3 Postcards, undated
TWA, undated
2 folders
This subseries documents TWA. Items include a print of a Lockheed Constellation and an oversize print for TWA, featuring the Northrop Gamma Model 2D.
Box
17-3 Prints, undated
Box
17-F1 Prints, undated
United Airlines, 1976-1980, undated
3 folders
This subseries documents United Airlines. The bookmarks consist of 5 images of a Travelair 5000, a Douglas DC-3, a Curtiss "Carrier Pigeon," a Boeing Model 80A, and a Boeing 727-100. The postcards consist of an image of a Boeing 777. The prints consist of images of a 1964 Boeing 727-100, a 1929-1930 Boeing Model 80A, a 1926-1929 Curtiss Carrier Pigeon, a 1936-1956 Douglas DC-3, a 1959 Douglas DC-8, and a 1928-1929 Travel Air 500.
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17-3 Bookmarks, 1977-1980
Box
17-3 Postcards, undated
Box
17-3 Prints, 1976-1981
US Army Air Corps, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents US Army Air Corps. The postcards consist of images of B-17B's, a Douglas B18A, a Boeing YB-17, a line of Pursuits (p-36A), and Curtiss P36A planes in formation.
Box
17-3 Postcards, undated
Vickers, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Vickers. Item is a postcard of a Vickers "Vimy."
Box
17-3 Postcards, undated
Virgin Islands Seaplane Shuttle, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Virgin Islands Seaplane Shuttle. Item is a postcard of a Virgin Islands Seaplane Shuttle advertisement.
Box
17-3 Postcards, undated
Waddon Aerodrome, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Waddon Aerodrome. Item is a postcard of a Waddon Aerodrome advertisement.
Box
17-3 Postcards, undated
Wilson Airways, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Wilson Airways. Item is a postcard of a Wilson Airways advertisement.
Box
17-3 Postcards, undated
Zurich Aerodrome Company, undated
1 folder
This subseries documents Zurich Aerodrome Company. Item is a postcard of a Zurich Aerodrome advertisement. All materials are in German.
Box
17-3 Postcards, undated