Harriet Quimby (1875-1912) was a writer, photographer, world traveler, and an aviatrix. From 1903-1912, she was employed by Leslie's Illustrated Weekly where she wrote theater reviews, and also was a photojournalist. In 1911, Quimby became America's first licensed female pilot, and in 1912 she became the first woman to pilot her own plane across the English Channel. Quimby was killed in July 1912, during a publicity stunt flight near Quincy, Massachusetts, when Harriet and her passenger fell from her aircraft when it suddenly pitched forward.
Arranged and described by Chris King, 1989. Updated and encoded by Jessamyn Lloyd, 2022.
Klingenberg Litho Company, Detmold, Germany
Joe Davidson, Gift, 1987, NASM.1987.0109.
0.05 Cubic feet (1 folder)
Harriet Quimby (1875-1912) was a writer, photographer, world traveler, and an aviatrix. This collection consists of a cigar box proof showing Quimby in her purple flying outfit.
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This collection consists of a cigar box proof showing Harriet Quimby in her purple flying outfit. This proof is an example of the kind of artwork offered to cigar manufacturers for use on the inside of the lid of the box. This particular proof was produced by Klingenberg Litho Company, Detmold, Germany.
Quimby, Harriet, 1875-1912
Women in aeronautics
Aeronautics in advertising
Aeronautics -- Collectibles
Works of art
Harriet Quimby Cigar Box Proof, NASM.1987.0109, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
National Air and Space Museum Archives