Sunday, February 16, 2014

Aviation Memorabilia & Collectibles

The history of aviation dates back to over 2000 years ago.  That makes for a huge variety of antiques and collectibles in the aviation field.  It all started with the Chinese flying kites several hundred years BC.  In the 15th century Leonardo da Vinci was drafting designs for flight even though he did not build any of them.  Still wouldn't it be wonderful to find one of his original sketches.  This is where all of aviation memorabilia began.

The word aviation stems of avis the Latin for bird.  It was first used in 1863 by French aviation pioneer Guillaume Joseph Gabriel de La Landelle (1812-1886) in his book, "Aviation ou Navigation aérienne".

The Wright brothers took their first flight on December 14, 1903, stalling after takeoff and causing minor damage to the Flyer.  The first official flight was on December 17, 1903.  The Wrights made two flights each from level ground into a freezing headwind gusting to 27 miles per hour. The first flight, was made by Orville at 10:35 am, of 120 feet (37 m) in 12 seconds, at a speed of only 6.8 miles per hour, and was recorded by the famous first photograph of man in flight.  The next two flights covered approximately 175 feet and 200 feet.  They were made by Wilbur and Orville respectively at an altitude of about 10 feet  above the ground.  The race for the air was underway.

Vintage Split Lens Aviation Goggles

There is a world of aviation memorabilia and collectibles.  They are great for a theme room, bar, den or library.  You can collect everything from A (airplanes) to Z (zeppelins) when it comes to aviation. 

Boeing B-29 Superfortresses in Wichita &The Boeing B-29 Superfortress

There are logos, signs, postcards, photos, jewelry, aircraft parts, clothing, matchbook covers, ribbons, military, plates, art, souvenirs, hats, ephemera, candy containers, toys, pipe holders, banks, goggles, books, commercial, ashtrays, mugs,  props, movies, records and silverware, just to name a few. 

Vintage Charles Lindbergh Metal Bank

If aviation interests you; this is a good place to start.  Collect the things you like and make your collection your own.  You will never be sorry when you live with the things you love.

Vintage Boeing 747 Jet Airplane Ashtrary

Vintage Pilot Helmet Liner

Vintage Stylized Jet Airplane Artistic Plaque ~ Mid Century Modern

Vintage F-117A Stealth Nighthawk Fighter Bomber Mug

Vintage Junior Pilot Wings Sacramento County Airport

Article by Cheryl from  AVintageStore

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