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The Signal Corps and Air Service. a study of their expansion in the United States, 1917-1918 / prepared in the Historical Section, the Army War College, July, 1922

Author:
Army War College (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
United States Army Signal Corps  Search this
United States Army Air Service  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 128 pages. illustrations 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1922
Topic:
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Call number:
UG573 .U51
UG573.U51
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_121273

Marjorie Meriweather Post photograph collection

Creator:
Post, Marjorie Merriweather  Search this
Names:
Lehman & Duval Lithrs.  Search this
United States. Army. Signal Corps  Search this
Angeline, d.1896 (Suquamish Indian)  Search this
Buffalo Bill, 1846-1917  Search this
Curtis, Edward S., 1868-1952  Search this
Geronimo, 1829-1909  Search this
King, Charles Bird, 1785-1862  Search this
Picart, Bernard, 1673-1733  Search this
Extent:
2 Lithographs
1 Postcard
1 Engraving
1 Print (mounted in frame)
1 newspaper clipping in frame made from squirrel
9 Prints (silver gelatin)
Culture:
Indians of North America -- Southwest, New  Search this
Indians of North America -- Northwest Coast of North America  Search this
Indians of North America -- Northeast  Search this
Indians of North America -- Great Plains  Search this
Sioux  Search this
Apache  Search this
Duwamish (Dwamish)  Search this
Anishinaabe (Chippewa/Ojibwa)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Lithographs
Postcards
Engravings
Prints
Photographs
Place:
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (S.D.)
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents note:
Photographs collected by Marjorie Meriweather Post relating to NAtive Americans. They include images of Post's home at Camp Topridge, Geronimo, Buffalo Bill Cody, Native chiefs and US officials at Pine Ridge in 1891, and Princess Angeline, daughter of Chief Seattle. Additionally, there are lithographs of Caa-tou-see and Shin-Ga-Ba-Wossinis, and a B. Picart engraving of Native Americans circling a burial mound and a newspaper clipping ("Out of Human Skin") in a frame made from a squirrel pelt.
Biographical/Historical note:
Marjorie Meriweather Post (1887-1973) was a Washington, D.C., businesswoman, philanthropist, and collector of decorative art objects. Her father Charles W. Post was the owner of Postup Cereal Company, later General Foods Corporation. In 1973, Marjorie Post's philanthropy earned her the first ever James Smithson Society Medal, the Smithsonian Institution's highest benefactor award. After her death, Post willed her Hillwood estate to the Smithsonian along with her American Native American collection at Camp Topridge.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 75-46
Location of Other Archival Materials:
The National Anthropological Archives holds the Marjorie Merriweather Post papers (MS 7278).
The Smithsonian Institution Archives holds the records of Post's Hillwood Estate, 1960-1976 (SIA RS00740).
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.

Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Lithographs
Engravings
Citation:
Photo lot 75-46, Marjorie Meriweather Post photograph collection, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.PhotoLot.75-46
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Marjorie Meriweather Post photograph collection
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw32481fa09-1206-4bd6-a263-107e7268a600
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-photolot-75-46

If You Are an Electrician Mechanic or a Telegraph Operator You Belong in the U.S. Army Signal Corps ... Get in Now

Issuing body:
United States. Army  Search this
Creator:
United States. Army. Signal Corps  Search this
U.S. Army. (New York.)  Search this
Artist:
Welsh, H. Devitt  Search this
Collection Creator:
Princeton University  Search this
Extent:
1 Poster (Full size; Multi-color, 104.5 x 71.5 cm)
Container:
Map-folder 347
Type:
Archival materials
Posters
Place:
United States
Date:
circa 1916
Image:
Main Image: Three U.S. soldiers; one operating a telegraph, the second is taking down notes, and the third is standing on a caisson and looking through binoculars
Local numbers:
Princeton Poster# 2793
General:
Issued by: U.S. Army

Issued for: Signal Corps

Artist(s): Welsh, H. Devitt
Locale:
1493 Broadway, [New York]
Printing Info:
Printer: Latham Litho & Ptg. Co., New York

RECRUITING OFFICE 1493 BROADWAY
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Copyright status of items varies. Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Recruiting and enlistment  Search this
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
World War, 1914-1918 -- Posters -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Posters
Posters -- World War, 1914-1918 -- United States
Collection Citation:
Princeton University Posters Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Princeton University Poster Collection
Princeton University Poster Collection / Series 2: World War One / United States
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep88d71f36b-66da-4132-930e-7d1748a1110e
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0433-ref7800

Official United States War Films

Creator:
Official United States War Film  Search this
Artist:
Welsh, H. Devitt  Search this
Sponsor:
Committee on Public Information.. Division of Film  Search this
United States. Army. Signal Corps  Search this
Collection Creator:
Princeton University  Search this
Extent:
1 Poster (Full size; Multi-color, 106.5 x 71 cm)
Container:
Map-folder 69
Type:
Archival materials
Posters
Place:
United States
Date:
circa 1918
Image:
Main Image: Battleship with searchlights
Local numbers:
Princeton Poster# 646
General:
Issued by: Produced by Signal Corps U.S.A. and Committee on Public Information

Issued for: Official United States War Films

Artist(s): Welsh, H. Devitt
Printing Info:
Printer: The Morgan Litho Co., Cleveland, Ohio
Related Materials:
Duplicates: 646, 715

Condition differs: Yes
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Copyright status of items varies. Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Exhibitions, Films, Publications  Search this
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Motion pictures -- 1910-1920  Search this
World War, 1914-1918 -- Posters -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Posters
Posters -- World War, 1914-1918 -- United States
Collection Citation:
Princeton University Posters Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Princeton University Poster Collection
Princeton University Poster Collection / Series 2: World War One / United States
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep89063bad2-15de-4bfd-b21f-ac0f8df3301f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0433-ref8267

Pershing's Crusaders Auspices of the United States Government the First Official American War Picture Taken by U.S. Signal Corps and Navy Photographers

Sponsor:
Committee on Public Information.. Division of Film  Search this
Creator:
United States. Army. Signal Corps  Search this
United States. Navy  Search this
Names:
Pershing, John J. (John Joseph), 1860-1948  Search this
Collection Creator:
Princeton University  Search this
Extent:
1 Poster (Full size; Multi-color, 105 x 71 cm)
Container:
Map-folder 159
Type:
Archival materials
Posters
Motion pictures (visual works)
Place:
United States
Date:
1918
Image:
Main Image: Pershing on horse leading infantry troops and ghosts of crusaders in background
Local numbers:
Princeton Poster# 1378
General:
Issued by: COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC INFORMATION - George Creel, Chairman

Issued for: PERSHING'S CRUSADERS

Artist(s): Anon
Related Materials:
Duplicates: 1378, 1488
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Copyright status of items varies. Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Exhibitions, Films, Publications  Search this
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Crusades  Search this
World War, 1914-1918 -- Posters -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Posters
Motion pictures (visual works) -- 1910-1920
Posters -- World War, 1914-1918 -- United States
Collection Citation:
Princeton University Posters Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Princeton University Poster Collection
Princeton University Poster Collection / Series 2: World War One / United States
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8508da7f3-537a-4b3a-934e-e6c9e4083e0f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0433-ref8357

Pershing's Cursaders Auspices of the United States Government the First Official American War Picture Taken by U.S. Signal Corps and Navy Photographers

Issuing body:
Committee on Public Information  Search this
Sponsor:
Committee on Public Information.. Division of Film  Search this
Creator:
United States. Army. Signal Corps  Search this
United States. Navy  Search this
Official United States War Film.. "Pershing's Crusaders."  Search this
Names:
Pershing, John J. (John Joseph), 1860-1948  Search this
Collection Creator:
Princeton University  Search this
Extent:
1 Poster (Full size; Multi-color, 105 x 71 cm)
Container:
Map-folder 178
Type:
Archival materials
Posters
Place:
United States
Image:
Main Image: Pershing on horse, leading army with ghosts of crusaders in sky beside him.
Local numbers:
Princeton Poster# 1488
General:
Issued by: Committee on Public Information

Artist(s): Anon
Printing Info:
Printer: The H.C. Miner Litho. Co., NY Other Printing Info: 20530
Related Materials:
Duplicates: 1378, 1488
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Copyright status of items varies. Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Exhibitions, Films, Publications  Search this
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Motion pictures -- 1910-1920  Search this
World War, 1914-1918 -- Posters -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Posters
Posters -- World War, 1914-1918 -- United States
Collection Citation:
Princeton University Posters Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Princeton University Poster Collection
Princeton University Poster Collection / Series 2: World War One / United States
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8e3cc27e2-340a-4836-a8ce-f06b51fbdee8
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0433-ref8358

Ships for Uncle Sam Official United States War Film

Artist:
Pennell, Joseph, 1857-1926  Search this
Sponsor:
Committee on Public Information.. Division of Film  Search this
United States. Army. Signal Corps  Search this
Collection Creator:
Princeton University  Search this
Extent:
1 Poster (4 pieces, Oversize; Multi-color, 275 x 209 cm)
Container:
Map-folder 583
Type:
Archival materials
Posters
Place:
United States
Image:
Main Image: A ship being constructed in a shipyard
Local numbers:
Princeton Poster# 10591
General:
Issued by: U.S. Army Signal Corps & the Committee on Public Information

Artist(s): Joseph Pennell
Series:
War Film 8
Printing Info:
Printer: Ketterlinus, Philadelphia
Related Materials:
Duplicates: 10591a, 10591b, 10591c, 10591d, 645

Condition differs: Yes
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Copyright status of items varies. Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Exhibitions, Films, Publications  Search this
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Motion pictures -- 1910-1920  Search this
World War, 1914-1918 -- Posters -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Posters
Posters -- World War, 1914-1918 -- United States
Collection Citation:
Princeton University Posters Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Princeton University Poster Collection
Princeton University Poster Collection / Series 2: World War One / United States
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8934b2360-a839-4dff-bd74-6e3eea745bbf
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0433-ref8581
Online Media:

Ships for Uncle Sam Official United States War Film

Creator:
Official United States War Film  Search this
Artist:
Pennell, Joseph, 1857-1926  Search this
Sponsor:
Committee on Public Information.. Division of Film  Search this
United States. Army. Signal Corps  Search this
Collection Creator:
Princeton University  Search this
Extent:
1 Poster (Full size; Multi-color, 106 x 71.5 cm)
Container:
Map-folder 69
Type:
Archival materials
Posters
Place:
United States
Image:
Main Image: Sketch of Shipyard
Local numbers:
Princeton Poster# 645
General:
Issued by: Produced by Signal Corps U.S.A. and Committee on Public Information

Issued for: Official United States War Film

Artist(s): Joseph Pennell
Printing Info:
Printer: Ketterlinus Philada Imp., Philadelphia
Related Materials:
Duplicates: 10591a, 10591b, 10591c, 10591d, 645

Condition differs: Yes
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Copyright status of items varies. Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Exhibitions, Films, Publications  Search this
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
World War, 1914-1918 -- Posters -- United States  Search this
Motion pictures -- 1910-1920  Search this
Genre/Form:
Posters
Posters -- World War, 1914-1918 -- United States
Collection Citation:
Princeton University Posters Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Princeton University Poster Collection
Princeton University Poster Collection / Series 2: World War One / United States
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8b58f0418-45ba-4343-8192-c2ae49de2303
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0433-ref8582

Insignia, Collar, United States Army Signal Corps

Materials:
Overall: Brass
Dimensions:
3-D: 2.5 x 1.3 x 2.5cm (1 x 1/2 x 1 in.)
Type:
AWARDS-Insignia
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Gift of Barbara Grubb Weiner - daughter of Judge Kenneth Grubb.
Inventory Number:
A20100050002
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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National Air and Space Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv95c685eae-fe3f-434a-9a8b-434d88beb887
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A20100050002
Online Media:

James Means Collection

Topic:
Aeronautical Annuals (annual)
Creator:
Means, James, 1853-1920  Search this
Names:
Aerial Experiment Association  Search this
Aero Club of America  Search this
Aero Club of Washington  Search this
Aeronautic Society of New York  Search this
United States. Army. Signal Corps  Search this
Chanute, Octave, 1832-1910  Search this
Curtiss, Glenn Hammond, 1878-1930  Search this
Jones, Ernest La Rue, 1883-1955  Search this
Langley, S. P. (Samuel Pierpont), 1834-1906  Search this
Lilienthal, Otto  Search this
Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1850-1924  Search this
Maxim, Hiram S., 1840-1916  Search this
Means, James, 1853-1920  Search this
Zahm, Albert Francis, 1862-  Search this
Extent:
1.8 Cubic feet ((4 legal document boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Publications
Photographs
Manuscripts
Correspondence
Date:
1892-1913
bulk 1895-1897
Summary:
James Means (1855-1920) was an American industrialist who sacrificed his business to devote himself to the promotion of aviation. The collection consists of correspondence, publications, photographs, and scrapbooks.
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of correspondence and scrapbooks. The correspondence is arranged into 15 sub-series: Aerial Experiment Association, Aero Club of America, Aero Club of Washington, Aeronautic Society of New York, Aeronautical Annuals, Octave Chanute and his daughters, Glenn Curtiss, House Resolution #7653, Ernest Jones, Otto Lilienthal, Henry Cabot Lodge, Hiram Maxim, Technical Matters, U.S. Signal Corps, and Albert Zahm. Of the three scrapbooks, one is a photograph album containing early glider photos and travel postcards. The second contains photos and news clippings regarding aviation in the 1890's, especially the work of Langley and Maxim with kites, balloons, and aerial bicycles. Clippings are in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Dutch. The third scrapbook is labeled 'James Means 1892' and consists of photos, letters, manuscripts, clippings in English and German, copies of legislation, and book excerpts.

Note: The digital images shown for this collection were repurposed from scans made by an outside contractor for a commercial product which did not reproduce all materials found in this collection; some items have not been scanned.
Arrangement:
The James Means Collection is arranged by content type.
Biographical / Historical:
James Means (1855-1920) was an American industrialist who sacrificed his business to devote himself to the promotion of aviation. Determined to disseminate information on flying, he collected and edited the most significant works of Otto Lilienthal, Octave Chanute, Samuel Langley and others, producing the 'Aeronautical Annuals' which appeared in 3 volumes in 1895, 1896 and 1897. Dr. Means studied bird-flight, kites and gliders, and designed model gliders in the early 1890s. He was awarded patents for his aircraft smoke signal device (1909), his aircraft launcher (1909), and his simplified control column for airplanes (1909-1911).
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
James H. Means, gift, unknown, XXXX-0394, 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:
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Aeronautics -- pre-1903  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Airships  Search this
Balloons  Search this
Kites  Search this
Gliding and soaring  Search this
Periodicals  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Publications
Photographs
Manuscripts
Correspondence
Citation:
James Means Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0394, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0394
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James Means Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2002eaa1c-093c-4c78-bcfe-f05adedc536b
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0394
Online Media:

Carl Myers Balloon Farm Collection

Names:
United States. Army. Signal Corps  Search this
United States. Weather Bureau  Search this
Benbow, Thomas C.  Search this
Curtis, George E. (George Edward)  Search this
Hazen, Henry Allen, 1849-1900  Search this
Myers, Carl, 1842-1925  Search this
Myers, Mary, "Carlotta Queen of the Air"  Search this
Extent:
0.25 Cubic feet (1 slim legal document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Correspondence
Photographs
Place:
Carl Myers Balloon Farm
Date:
1889-1910
Summary:
Carl Myers (1842-1925) was a meteorologist, photographer and balloonist. In 1875, Myers and his wife Mary ("Carlotta, Queen of the Air") began experimenting with balloons and made their first ascensions in 1880. Myers constructed and flew a variety of balloons and airships, and worked on the following technical advances: he developed a varnishing machine for producing fabrics impervious to hydrogen gas; he produced a portable system for generating hydrogen gas; he patented an apparatus for guiding balloons; and he made the first balloon ascension using natural gas as the lifting medium. Myers manufactured balloons for the U.S. Weather Bureau's rainmaking experiments and also supplied the United States Army Signal Corps (USASC) with twenty-one balloons for use in Spanish American War. Myers retired in 1910.

The collection consists of 91 images of the following: balloons, airships, and aeronautical gear in various stages of construction and flight; interior and exterior views of the Carl Myers Balloon Farm; and a number of portraits taken of the family and visitors, including Thomas C. Benbow, a noted pioneering aeronaut. It also contains correspondence written by Myers to Professor Henry Allen (H.A.) Hazen, a meteorologist connected with the United States Signal Office, and one letter to George E. Curtis, head of the U.S. Weather Bureau.
Scope and Contents:
The Carl Myers Balloon Farm Collection spans the years 1889-1910 and contains photographs and documents produced at the property of that name in Frankfort, New York, owned and operated by Carl Myers. "Professor Myers" as he was called by the press in his day, was a pioneering aeronaut, inventor, and experimenter actively engaged in all aspects of ballooning during these years.

The bulk of the collection consists of ninety-one captioned photographs showing a variety of balloons, airships, and aeronautical gear in various stages of construction and flight. Also included in this material are several interior and exterior views of the main house known as the Gates Mansion (see note) along with a number of portraits, both individual and group, taken of the family and visitors - possibly including several of Thomas C. Benbow. The latter was another pioneering aeronaut who visited the Balloon Farm in 1903 in conjunction with the construction of an airship later identified in contemporary press accounts of the St. Louis Exposition of 1904 as the Benbow Airship "Meteor."

Other material in the Carl Myers Balloon Collection consist of correspondence composed between 1891 and 1894. Except for one unrelated item, all are copies of letters written by Myers to George E. Curtis, head of the U.S. Weather Bureau, Department of Agriculture, and Henry Allen Hazen, then Professor of Meteorology at the Weather Bureau. The contents of these letters contain proposals for, discussions about, and observations involving the use of balloons for meteorological research. Information documented in these letters includes material on balloon technology, economical aspects of ballooning, and the operational aspects of conducting aeronautical activities with balloons in the 1890s.

Detailed information on the life of Carl Myers can be found in the biographical files of the National Air and Space Museum's Archives Division. Additional correspondence between Myers and the Weather Bureau is purported to be located in the archives of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Materials concerning Henry Allen Hazen can be found in two locations: at the Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, listed under the Aeronautical Archives, Institute of the Aerospace Sciences, and at the Smithsonian Institution Archives under the Office of the Secretary, Records of the Smithsonian Institution.

Further information on Thomas Benbow and the Benbow "Meteor" (which the donor referred to as the "Montana Butterfly") can be located in the biographical files held at the National Air and Space Museum's Archives. Additional photographs of the Benbow Airship can be found in the Museum's photographic collection, images 2B 2166-2179.

NOTE: Gates Mansion - The main building at the Balloon Farm was located on Cemetery Hill Road in Frankfort, New York. It was a large mansion constructed by William Gates, the inventor of the sulfur safety match, in 1878 at a cost of $35,000. The property was sold to Carl Myers by Gates' son Fred.
Arrangement:
The Carl Myers Balloon Farm Collection is organized into two series.

Series 1: Photographic Images of the Carl Myers Balloon Farm (1889-1910); 91 images

Series 2: Correspondence (1891-1894); 20 items
Biographical/Historical note:
Charles Edgar Myers (1842 1925) was a meteorologist, photographer and balloonist. He grew up in the town of Mohawk, New York, becoming adept at the use of all types of electrical, chemical, and mechanical apparatus.

Myers started working in 1861 when he was hired as a teller by the Mohawk Valley Bank, a position which soon led to his interest in developing, and the subsequent invention of, a comparison system for identifying bogus bank notes. In 1863, at the solicitation of the Bank's officers, Myers established the town's first telegraph office. He resigned his position at the bank in 1867 and purchased a photograph gallery in the village of Hornell (then Hornellsville), New York. Fascinated with the rapid technical advances then being made in photography, he constructed a portable photographic set up for taking wet process photographs in scenic, remote locations. Using this equipment he produced the first known series of stereoscopic views of the Adirondack Wilderness billed as "The Adirondack Series."

While living in Hornellsville he met Mary Breed Hawley, seven years his junior, whom he married in 1871. In 1875 Myers sold the photographic gallery and moved back to Mohawk where he and Mary began to experiment with methods of making fabrics impervious to hydrogen gas so they would be suitable for manufacturing balloons and airship envelopes. Myers' interest in ballooning appears to have arisen out of his continuous involvement in meteorological measurements and a desire to further his studies of the atmosphere. One of his earliest achievements was the development of an automatic self-recording mercury barometer which properly compensated for temperature changes and kept a continuous record of local barometric pressure.

In 1878, Myers constructed his first balloon, but did not make his first ascension until 1880. Mary, who would later win notoriety as "Carlotta Queen of the Air," made her first ascension a few months later. Their only child, a daughter whom they named Elizabeth Aerial, was born the following year in 1881.

During the ten years that the Myers resided in Mohawk, Carl constructed and flew a variety of balloons and airships. He also developed a varnishing machine for producing fabrics impervious to hydrogen gas, produced a portable system for generating hydrogen gas, patented an apparatus for guiding balloons, and made the first balloon ascension using natural gas as the lifting medium. Within this time period he also published the writings of his wife, The Aerial Adventures of Carlotta, and started The Balloon Bulletin, a four page illustrated periodical devoted to aeronautics. Mary, it is said, made more balloon ascensions than any person in America and was one of the only balloonists of that era to attain a measure of navigational control during untethered flight.

In 1889 Myers purchased the property owned by Fred Gates in Frankfort, New York, renaming it the "Balloon Farm." When the Weather Bureau was transferred to the Agriculture Department in 1891, he visited Mr. George E. Curtis in Washington, D.C., to propose his services as a supplier of balloons for meteorological use. In the next few years Myers manufactured more then one hundred balloons for the Weather Bureau and personally participated in rainmaking experiments involving "exploding " balloons which he designed for this purpose. In 1898 the Balloon Farm supplied the United States Army Signal Corps (USASC) with twenty-one balloons for use in the Spanish American War. In 1904 Myers was appointed Superintendent of Aeronautics at the St. Louis Exposition where he was in charge of aeronautic exhibits and also arranged for, and supervised, such special features as balloon races and demonstrations of the latest airships.

Myers continued to operate the Balloon Farm until 1910, when he sold the farm and moved to his daughter's home in Atlanta, Georgia. His last known work on ballooning appeared in 1913 when he wrote an article for Scientific American titled "Half a Lifetime with the Hydrogen Balloon."
Provenance:
Lynn Fitzpatrick, gift, 1991, 1991-0075, NASM (images only)
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:
Meteorology  Search this
Aeronautics -- Exhibitions  Search this
Balloons -- Exhibitions  Search this
Balloons  Search this
Meteorology -- Research  Search this
Balloons -- Materials  Search this
Meterologists  Search this
Balloon gases  Search this
Balloonists  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Photographs
Citation:
Carl Myers Balloon Farm Collection, Acc. 1991-0075, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1991.0075
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Carl Myers Balloon Farm Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg20855c566-f8d7-4c9c-9e07-07bbc843cce1
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1991-0075
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Two Men in Costume with Machine Guns, Gunbelts, Sheathed Saber, and Dagger (Members of King Ibn Saudi's Entourage Aboard U S Warship During Conference with President Franklin D. Roosevelt)

Creator:
United States. Army. Signal Corps  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. United States National Museum. Department of Anthropology. Division of Ethnology  Search this
Extent:
1 Photographic print (010 in x 008 in)
Culture:
Saudi Arabia  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Photographic prints
Photographs
Date:
1945
Local Numbers:
NAA INV.04083100

OPPS NEG.2003735
Local Note:
Black and white photoprint
Place:
Egypt -- Cairo
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Photo Lot 97 DOE Mid East:Saudi Arabia: Misc/People 04083100, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Division of Ethnology photograph collection 1
Division of Ethnology photograph collection 1 / Middle East / Saudi Arabia / Misc/People
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw301c7c542-e2f3-4a20-836c-56291e41e228
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-photolot-97-ref1853

The Atlantic Transport Liner Minnekahda

Maker:
United States Army. Signal Corps  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: photograph: 4 3/4 in x 7 in; 12.065 cm x 17.78 cm
overall: photo on board: 7 1/4 in x 9 1/4 in; 18.415 cm x 23.495 cm
Object Name:
photograph
Date made:
ca. 1918
Related event:
World War I  Search this
ID Number:
2008.3049.01
Nonaccession number:
2008.3049
Catalog number:
2008.3049.01
See more items in:
Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Naval
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-bc62-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1762895
Online Media:

Showing contrast in mask used for man and horse

Maker:
United States Army. Signal Corps  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: photo on board: 7 1/4 in x 9 1/4 in; 18.415 cm x 23.495 cm
overall: photograph: 6 in x 6 in; 15.24 cm x 15.24 cm
Object Name:
photograph
Place made:
France
Date made:
1918
Related event:
World War I  Search this
ID Number:
2008.3049.03
Nonaccession number:
2008.3049
Catalog number:
2008.3049.03
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, General
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
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EDAN-URL:
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U.S. Army Signal Corps BC-620 of SCR-509 radio transmitter and receiver

Maker:
United States Army. Signal Corps  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 14 in x 7 in x 16 1/2 in; 35.56 cm x 17.78 cm x 41.91 cm
Object Name:
radio
radio transceiver
receiver and transmitter
ID Number:
EM.315214
Catalog number:
315214
Accession number:
217778
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-5aa2-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1336299

U.S. Army Signal Corps model BC-118-A radio RF-AF amplifier

Maker:
United States Army, Signal Corps, Frankford Arsenal  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 7 1/2 in x 4 5/8 in x 9 1/8 in; 19.05 cm x 11.7475 cm x 23.1775 cm
Object Name:
radio receiver
Date made:
ca 1925
Credit Line:
from Franklin Wingard
ID Number:
EM.320720
Catalog number:
320720
Accession number:
241556
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-5cd1-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1336629

U.S. Army Signal Corps type SE 1420-C radio receiver

Maker:
United States Army. Signal Corps. Frankford Arsenal  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 11 1/4 in x 20 in x 9 in; 28.575 cm x 50.8 cm x 22.86 cm
Object Name:
receiver
radio receiver
Date made:
ca 1923
Credit Line:
from Franklin Wingard
ID Number:
EM.320697
Accession number:
241556
Catalog number:
320697
Serial number:
81
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-5e30-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1340176

U.S. Army Signal Corps pack-strap type radio receiver

Maker:
United States Army. Signal Corps  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 6 3/4 in x 15 1/2 in x 9 3/4 in; 17.145 cm x 39.37 cm x 24.765 cm
overall: 8 1/2 in x 17 in x 10 1/2 in; 21.59 cm x 43.18 cm x 26.67 cm
Object Name:
radio receiver
Date made:
1917
Credit Line:
from the United States Bureau of Standards, Dept. of Commerce
ID Number:
EM.313598
Accession number:
188571
Catalog number:
313598
Collector/donor number:
R-2212
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-b6aa-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1343520
Online Media:

U.S. Army Signal Corps type BC-103 radio and audio amplifier

Maker:
United States Army. Signal Corps  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 15 1/2 in x 5 in x 8 1/4 in; 39.37 cm x 12.7 cm x 20.955 cm
Object Name:
radio receiver
Credit Line:
from Susan Horle
ID Number:
EM.313770
Accession number:
195337
Catalog number:
313770
Serial number:
85
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-b6b0-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1343526

Motion picture camera used by US Army Signal Corps

Maker:
Burke and James  Search this
Physical Description:
manufactured (overall production method/technique)
film magazines: metal, painted olive drab w/crinkled finish (overall material)
camera: wood case, brass gears (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Object Name:
Camera
Camera, 35mm
Date made:
ca. 1918
Subject:
Motion Pictures  Search this
World War I  Search this
US Army Signal Corps  Search this
ID Number:
PG.006533C
Catalog number:
6533C
6533-C
Accession number:
242660
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Work and Industry: Photographic History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-7dcd-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_902727

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