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Carl H. Claudy Photography collection

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Creator:
Claudy, C. H. (Carl Harry), 1879-1957
Names:
Wright Flyer Army Trials -- Fort Myer, Vir.
Baldwin, Thomas
Bell, Alexander Graham, 1847-1922
Claudy, C. H. (Carl Harry), 1879-1957
Extent:
1.95 cubic feet ((1 legal document box) (2 flatboxes) (13 clamshells) )
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1906-1910
Summary:
This collection consists of nearly 250 glass plates, several folders of prints, and two boxes of glass plate envelopes affixed with small prints of the image formerly contained within them. The subject matter of the photography is primarily concerned with Alexander Graham Bell's tetrahedral experiments of 1906, flights of the Thomas Baldwin dirigible and the United States Signal Corps SC-1 free balloon (1908), and the Wright Flyer Army Trials at Fort Meyer, Virginia (1908 and 1909).
Scope and Content:
The Carl H. Claudy Photography Collection, held by the Archives Division of the National Air and Space Museum, consists of 249 glass plate negatives, mainly 4x5 inches in area, taken by Claudy from 1907 to 1909 and photographic contact prints made from the negatives. The subject matter of these images are divided into three main categories: Alexander Graham Bell's tetrahedral kite experiments (1907); the U.S. Army's trial flights of the Wright brothers' Military Flyer at Fort Meyer, Virginia (1908-1909); and lighter than air (LTA) flights including Thomas Baldwin's dirigible Signal Corps No. 1 and free balloon ascents by James C. McCoy's America and A. Leo Stevens' Signal Corps No. 10. The collection includes several prints from negatives broken or lost over time.

The collection photographs may be viewed online through the Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) on its web site, http://www.siris.si.edu, or in the Archives Division reading room.
Arrangement:
Collection material has been arranged in the following series:

Series I: Photographs of Alexander Graham Bell's Tetrahedral Kite Experiments (1907)

Series II: Photographs of Wright Flyer Army Trials at Fort Meyer, Virginia (1908-1909)

Series III: Photographs of LTA activity, including Baldwin Signal Corps No. 1 airship flights and several free balloon ascensions (1907-1908)

Series IV: Claudy's original glass plate negatives. Due to the fragile condition of the negatives, this series is not available to researchers.

Series V: Additional material, including Claudy's original negative envelopes and contact prints, copy negatives, and copies of scans of the original negatives on compact discs.
Biographical/Historical note:
Carl Harry Claudy (1879-1957) was a journalist, a talented photographer, and the author of books on photography, aircraft modeling, Freemasonry, science fiction, and children's books. His books and articles include The First Book of Photography: a Primer of Theory and Practice for the Beginner (1918), Beginner's Book of Model Airplanes (1930), and Prize Winners' Book of Model Airplanes (1931). Claudy also wrote a comic strip, Adventures in the Unknown.

During the early 1900s, Claudy photographed several important aeronautical events - Alexander Graham Bell's tetrahedral kite experiments; flights of the airship Signal Corps No. 1, the U.S. Army's first powered aircraft; and the Wright Military Flyer trials at Fort Meyer, Virginia.

Attending these events were well-known figures of the day, and Claudy photographed many of them: Orville and Wilbur Wright, Glenn Curtiss, Alexander Graham Bell, President William Howard Taft, Thomas Baldwin, and Alice Roosevelt. Claudy's photographs are a valuable record of the early days of aeronautics and of the people who played a part in them.
Provenance:
Carl H. Claudy, gift, 1957, XXXX-0549, unknown
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, Please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Topic:
U.S. Signal Corps SC-1 free balloon
Aeronautics, Military
Balloons
Aeronautics
Research aircraft
Kites
Airships
Citation:
Carl H. Claudy Photography Collection, Acc. XXXX-0549, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0549
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Carl H. Claudy Photography collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0549
Additional Online Media:

Events, 1908, Fort Myer (VA), Wright (Co) Type A Military Trials; Claudy, Carl H., Jr.. [photograph]

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Photographer:
Claudy, C. H (Carl Harry) 1879-1957
Subject:
Claudy, Carl H. Jr
Type:
Photographs
Summary:
Small boy Carl H. Claudy, Jr. (son of the photographer, Carl H. Claudy, Sr.) in foreground, back to camera, watches the Wright Military Flyer in flight in the distance during Army Trials at Fort Myer, Virginia, 1908.
Topic:
Aeronautics, Military
Aeronautics
Airplanes
Local number:
NASM-100575
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Carl H. Claudy Photography Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_364049

Composition (SI001)

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Designer:
Claudy Jongstra, Dutch, b. 1963
Medium:
Medium: Merino wool, wold silk, cotton gauze Technique: felted
Type:
non-woven textiles
Panel
Object Name:
Panel
Made in:
Netherlands
Date:
2004
Catalogue Status:
Research in Progress
Description:
Panel of gray felted wool.
Credit Line:
Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund
Accession Number:
2005-3-2
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_2005-3-2

Composition (DH/WD/SI 001)

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Designer:
Claudy Jongstra, Dutch, b. 1963
Medium:
Medium: Merino wool, Drenthe Heath wool, Wensleydale wool, wild silk, and cotton gauze Technique: felted Label: felted Merino, Drenthe Heath, and Wensleydale wools, wild silk and cotton gauze
Type:
non-woven textiles
Panel
Object Name:
Panel
Made in:
Netherlands
Date:
2004
Catalogue Status:
Research in Progress
Description:
Panel of wool and silk felt in natural unbleached colors, made from the wool of sheep with various fleece characteristics – straight, curly, long, etc.
Credit Line:
Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund
Accession Number:
2005-3-1
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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edanmdm:chndm_2005-3-1

Events, 1908, Fort Myer (VA), US Army (Baldwin) Airship "Signal Corps No. 1" (SC-1) Trials. [photograph]

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Photographer:
Claudy, C. H (Carl Harry) 1879-1957
Subject:
Wright, Luke Edward
Type:
Photographs
Summary:
[photo list] General Allen inspects the dirigible in its tent on the parade ground. [on reverse of print] General Luke E. Wright, secretary of War examining propellor. [one Claudy print is erroneously marked photo list no. "11"]
Topic:
Aeronautics
Airships
Local number:
NASM-Claudy-2S
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Carl H. Claudy Photography Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_365395

Events, 1908, Fort Myer (VA), US Army (Baldwin) Airship "Signal Corps No. 1" (SC-1) Trials. [photograph]

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Photographer:
Claudy, C. H (Carl Harry) 1879-1957
Type:
Photographs
Summary:
[Right side view of dirigible in low altitude level flight; crowd watches from foreground; possibly Claudy photo list #22?]
Topic:
Aeronautics
Airships
Local number:
NASM-Claudy-5S
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Carl H. Claudy Photography Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_365446

Events, 1908, Fort Myer (VA), US Army (Baldwin) Airship "Signal Corps No. 1" (SC-1) Trials. [photograph]

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Photographer:
Claudy, C. H (Carl Harry) 1879-1957
Type:
Photographs
Summary:
[Photo list IV] Unknown
Topic:
Aeronautics, Military
Aeronautics
Airships
Local number:
NASM-Claudy-111S
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Carl H. Claudy Photography Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_364232

Bell (Alexander Graham) Tetrahedral Kite Experiments (1907). [photograph]

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Photographer:
Claudy, C. H (Carl Harry) 1879-1957
Type:
Photographs
Summary:
Head-on front view of four unidentified men standing on a tetrahedral beam supported on sawhorses; part of Alexander Graham Bell's tetrahedral kite experiments of 1907.
Topic:
Aeronautics
Kites
Local number:
NASM-Claudy-101S
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Carl H. Claudy Photography Collection
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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edanmdm:siris_arc_365347

Bell (Alexander Graham) Tetrahedral Kite Experiments (1907). [photograph]

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Photographer:
Claudy, C. H (Carl Harry) 1879-1957
Subject:
Bell, Alexander Graham 1847-1922
Type:
Photographs
Summary:
Four men stand in a field, their backs to camera; man at right is running; Alexander Graham Bell is seen standing second from left; part of Bell's tetrahedral kite experiments of 1907.
Topic:
Aeronautics
Kites
Local number:
NASM-Claudy-102S
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Carl H. Claudy Photography Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_365348

Bell (Alexander Graham) Tetrahedral Kite Experiments (1907). [photograph]

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Photographer:
Claudy, C. H (Carl Harry) 1879-1957
Subject:
Bell, Alexander Graham 1847-1922
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1890-1910
Summary:
Left side view of four men in open automobile; Alexander Graham Bell (with beard) sits in left rear seat; man beside him appears to be Frederick Walker "Casey" Baldwin. Taken during Bell's tetrahedral kite experiments of 1907.
Topic:
Aeronautics
Automobiles
Kites
Local number:
NASM-Claudy-104S
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Carl H. Claudy Photography Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_365350

Events, 1908, Fort Myer (VA), US Army (Baldwin) Airship "Signal Corps No. 1" (SC-1) Trials. [photograph]

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Photographer:
Claudy, C. H (Carl Harry) 1879-1957
Subject:
King, Samuel Archer
Type:
Photographs
Summary:
[Photo list IV] Hal Chase, reporter, interviews [Samuel Archer] King, oldest balloonist
Topic:
Aeronautics, Military
Aeronautics
Balloons
Airships
Local number:
NASM-Claudy-112S
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Carl H. Claudy Photography Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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edanmdm:siris_arc_365352

Events, 1908, Fort Myer (VA), US Army (Baldwin) Airship "Signal Corps No. 1" (SC-1) Trials. [photograph]

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Photographer:
Claudy, C. H (Carl Harry) 1879-1957
Type:
Photographs
Summary:
[photo list III] Wind pressure is too much for fabric and pressure beats in the nose. [most visible in 22S] [Photo list IV] Views in the air
Topic:
Aeronautics
Airships
Local number:
NASM-Claudy-11S
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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edanmdm:siris_arc_365361

Events, 1908, Fort Myer (VA), US Army (Baldwin) Airship "Signal Corps No. 1" (SC-1) Trials. [photograph]

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Photographer:
Claudy, C. H (Carl Harry) 1879-1957
Type:
Photographs
Summary:
[photo list III] Ready for the first flight [Photo list IV] Going into tent
Topic:
Aeronautics
Airships
Local number:
NASM-Claudy-17S
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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edanmdm:siris_arc_365375

Events, 1908, Fort Myer (VA), US Army (Baldwin) Airship "Signal Corps No. 1" (SC-1) Trials. [photograph]

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Photographer:
Claudy, C. H (Carl Harry) 1879-1957
Type:
Photographs
Summary:
[photo list] Off ground but still tied with a single rope.
Topic:
Aeronautics
Airships
Local number:
NASM-Claudy-25S
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Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_365388

Events, 1908, Fort Myer (VA), US Army (Baldwin) Airship "Signal Corps No. 1" (SC-1) Trials. [photograph]

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Photographer:
Claudy, C. H (Carl Harry) 1879-1957
Type:
Photographs
Summary:
[photo list III] Spectators have a field day [Photo list IV] The crowd follows to the field
Topic:
Aeronautics, Military
Airships
Aeronautics
Local number:
NASM-Claudy-29S
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Carl H. Claudy Photography Collection
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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edanmdm:siris_arc_365392

Events, 1908, Fort Myer (VA), US Army (Baldwin) Airship "Signal Corps No. 1" (SC-1) Trials. [photograph]

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Photographer:
Claudy, C. H (Carl Harry) 1879-1957
Type:
Photographs
Summary:
[Photo list IV] Note the flag Partial view of an Army SC-1 Baldwin aloft. Flag visible.
Topic:
Aeronautics, Military
Aeronautics
Airships
Local number:
NASM-Claudy-34S
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Carl H. Claudy Photography Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_365401

Events, 1908, Fort Myer (VA), Wright (Co) Type A Military Trials. [photograph]

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Photographer:
Claudy, C. H (Carl Harry) 1879-1957
Type:
Glass negatives
Summary:
[head-on view from distance, on ground, buildings in background]
Topic:
Aeronautics
Airplanes
Local number:
NASM-Claudy-35E
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Carl H. Claudy Photography Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_365402

Events, 1908, Fort Myer (VA), Wright (Co) Type A Military Trials. [photograph]

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Photographer:
Claudy, C. H (Carl Harry) 1879-1957
Type:
Glass negatives
Summary:
[One-half right front view from below of Flyer in flight; numerous dust specks.]
Topic:
Aeronautics
Airplanes
Local number:
NASM-Claudy-36E
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Carl H. Claudy Photography Collection
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_365404

LTA, Balloons, USA, McCoy (James Comly) "America", Washington (DC) Inflation & Ascent (1907). [photograph]

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Photographer:
Claudy, C. H (Carl Harry) 1879-1957
Type:
Photographs
Date:
2/23/1907
Summary:
Ground crew unroll the envelope of James Comly (J.C.) McCoy's free balloon "America" at the Washington Gas Light Company plant, Washington, D.C., preparatory to the balloon's inflation and ascent on February 23, 1907. Pile of sandbags stand ready at right foreground.
Topic:
Aeronautics
Balloons
Local number:
NASM-Claudy-40S
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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edanmdm:siris_arc_365416

Events, 1908, Fort Myer (VA), Wright (Co) Type A Military Trials. [photograph]

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Photographer:
Claudy, C. H (Carl Harry) 1879-1957
Type:
Glass negatives
Summary:
[View from below of Flyer in flight directly overhead]
Topic:
Aeronautics
Airplanes
Local number:
NASM-Claudy-41E
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Carl H. Claudy Photography Collection
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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edanmdm:siris_arc_365417

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