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Evan Jenkins Parker (1885-1966), a pioneer dirigible pilot, made his first solo flight in a dirigible at Hutchinson, Kansas in 1908 and until 1911 he flew at county fairs and other exhibitions in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Parker worked for Charles J. Strobel, a designer and manufacturer of airships, who also scheduled their appearance at various events. During his work with Strobel, Parker both constructed and flew dirigibles. He had several close calls, including when the airship crashed into a roller coaster and electrical wires. When he was 27, Parker ended his professional flying career and went to work for the Eastman Kodak Company. Parker was a member of the Early Birds.

Identifier

NASM.XXXX.0348

Processing Information

Arranged and described by Patricia Williams in 2001. Description updated and encoded by Jessamyn Lloyd in 2019.

Creator

Parker, Evan Jenkins, 1885-1966

Date

1908-1966

Provenance

Evan Parker, through the Early Birds, Gift, 1966?, NASM.XXXX.0348.

Extent

328 Cubic feet (1 flatbox)

Summary

This collection consists of a red scrapbook, with the following title: "Pioneer Dirigible Flights 1908, 1910, 1911." The scrapbook contains photographs, newspaper articles and programs documenting Evan Jenkins Parker's dirigible career and his involvement in the Early Birds.

Restrictions

No restrictions on access

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Programs

Clippings

Photographs

Scrapbooks

Arrangement note

This collection is in original order.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a red scrapbook, with the following title: "Pioneer Dirigible Flights 1908, 1910, 1911." The scrapbook contains photographs, newspaper articles and programs documenting Evan Jenkins Parker's dirigible career and his involvement in the Early Birds including views of flights made at numerous events in Kansas, Missouri, Washington, Utah, Idaho, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maryland, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. The scrapbook also contains a chronology of Parker's career which includes descriptions of the airships he worked on and piloted and a list of the flights he made as well as a biographical statement chronicling his life. There are also event invitations and programs pertaining to the donation of an Early Birds plaque to the Smithsonian Institution, the dedication of the Early Birds Monument on Governor's Island, New York, and a booklet about an Early Birds mural painted by Justin C. Gruelle.

Genre/Form

Programs

Clippings

Photographs

Scrapbooks

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

Names

Early Birds of Aviation (Organization).

Strobel Dirigible Co.

Parker, Evan Jenkins, 1885-1966

Topics Airships
Aeronautics, Commercial
Aeronautics -- Exhibitions
Aeronautics -- 1903-1916
Aeronautics

Citation

Evan J. Parker Scrapbook, NASM.XXXX.0348, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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