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Category Archives: Vintage Aero

DOLLY SHEPHERD—A LIFE WELL SOARED PART 2

YESTERDAY here at SimanaitisSays, Dolly Shepherd got her show business start having a blindfolded Samuel F. Cody shoot an egg off her head. Cody was also a pioneer aviator, he … Continue reading

January 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

DOLLY SHEPHERD—A LIFE WELL SOARED PART 1

I RECENTLY ENJOYED another encounter with Miss Dolly Shepherd, pioneer parachutist and fairground entertainer in the Edwardian era. Our first meeting was in “I ♥ Aviatrices,” here in the SimanaitisSays … Continue reading

January 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

BOOSTING FLIGHT—WITH FLAPPERS AND MORE PART 2

YESTERDAY AT SimanaitisSays, Aeromarine Airways established international service between Key West and Havana with converted World War I flying boats. Today, the airline expands in particularly novel ways. Mr. Uppercu … Continue reading

January 7, 2019 · 4 Comments

BOOSTING FLIGHT—WITH FLAPPERS AND MORE PART 1

AEROMARINE AIRWAYS RECOGNIZED early on the marketing potential of aeroplanes. In 1920, Aeromarine inaugurated an international flight schedule, among the world’s first for heavier-than-air craft. (Dutch KLM beat it only … Continue reading

January 6, 2019 · 1 Comment

GREMLIN TIDBITS PART 2

TODAY’S TIDBIT COLLECTION traces back to Roald Dahl’s book about gremlins described two days ago at SimanaitisSays, continued yesterday with ”Gremlin Tidbits Part 1.” Actually, though, all this began a … Continue reading

December 19, 2018 · 3 Comments

THE GREMLINS—THE LOST DISNEY (AND DAHL) PRODUCTION

ROALD DAHL WAS an author of children’s books, a screenwriter, a short story writer—and a fighter pilot. That is, this British author of James and the Peach and Matilda, screenplay … Continue reading

December 17, 2018 · 1 Comment

UP, DOWN, AND AROUND WITH FÉLIX NADAR PART 2

YESTERDAY, FRENCH pioneer photographer Félix Nadar explored the depths of the catacombs of Paris. Today in Part 2, he soars high above the city, still with camera in hand. My … Continue reading

December 16, 2018 · Leave a comment