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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.

Identifier

NASM.1987.0109

Processing Information

Arranged and described by Chris King, 1989. Updated and encoded by Jessamyn Lloyd, 2022.

Creator

Klingenberg Litho Company, Detmold, Germany

Date

Circa 1912

Provenance

Joe Davidson, Gift, 1987, NASM.1987.0109.

Extent

0.05 Cubic feet (1 folder)

Summary

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.

Restrictions

No restrictions on access

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Ephemera

Arrangement note

Collection is a single item.

Scope and Contents

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.

Genre/Form

Ephemera

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

Quimby, Harriet, 1875-1912

Topics Women air pilots
Women in aeronautics
advertising
Aeronautics in advertising
Aeronautics -- Collectibles
Aeronautics
Cigar boxes
Works of art

Citation

Harriet Quimby Cigar Box Proof, NASM.1987.0109, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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