Patrick Pollak

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An album of 41 images, of which 22 relate to AVIATION. Of these, 5 show the pioneer aviator BENTFIELD C. HUCKS, with monoplane in 1912, 5 relate to biplane flight at army manoeuvres, Lilbourne Camp in 1913, and 12 show the airships H.M.A. Delta and H.M.A. Eta at Bilton Grange and Rugby, in 1913.

The remaining 19 photographs show the Grand Junction Canal at Watford Locks, the LNWR railway line at Kilsby and Crick Tunnel, views at Daventry, Ashby St. Ledgers, Colwyn Bay, Betwys y Coed, Brownsover.

The images are roughly 10 x 7 cms [ a couple of aeroplanes in flight have been cut down to circles, 6cms. and 2cms. diameter], the early ones of Hucks are albumen prints and rather faded, the others are in better condition, all pasted into an album, now dilapidated and loose.

*BENTFIELD CHARLES HUCKS, born Bentfield Essex, 1884, died of pneumonia in 1918. He obtained his Royal Aero Club certificate (number 91) in May, 1911, flying a Blackburn monoplane, joined the Royal Flying Corps in August, 1914, and was sent to the Western Front. An attack of pleurisy sent him back to England where he continued his flying as a test pilot at Hendon, north-west London. He tested various different types of aeroplanes, was credited with many feats of flying and was the first Briton to perform the loop, flying upside-down in his Bleriot monoplane in September 1913. In February of that year, he had been hired by the Robert Sinclair Tobacco Co. to make the first aerial delivery of their tobacco in special souvenir tins from Newcastle to the surrounding areas. He was also the inventor of the Hucks starter-truck, a device to replace hand spinning of the propellers of the early aeroplanes.

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Stock No. 60002

Price: 750.00