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Leslie Payne flight logbook, circa 1950

Payne, Leslie J. 1907-1981
Physical description:
1 box (.45 linear feet)
Collection descriptions
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
circa 1950
As a young child, Leslie Payne (1907-1981) went to an air show and became fascinated by aviation. Although he worked as a handyman and crabber on the Chesapeake Bay, his real passion was creating what he called "imitation" airplanes, crafted out of scrap metal, fabric and wood. Payne eventually created assemblages large enough to take local kids for rides up and down his family's field, propelled by salvaged aircraft engines he had restored. Payne also kept "flight logs," or scrapbooks in which he entered the names of his passengers and his imaginary destination for a flight. In addition to this flight log, Anacostia Community Museum holds one of Payne's airplanes in its collection, as well as a flight suit, aviator's cap and a section of Payne's replica of a control tower.
This collection is comprised of one scrapbook created by folk artist Leslie Payne circa 1950. The scrapbook is disbound and consists of 12 pages containing text, illustrations, black-and-white photographs and color photographs.
Cite as:
Leslie Payne flight logbook, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Regenia Perry
African American folk art
Local number:
ACMA 2006.7001
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives

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