Skip to main content

Archives at The Museum of Flight

Glenn Jones Aerial Camera Photographs

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: 1985-06-19-A
The Glenn Jones Aerial Camera Photographs collection is a small collection consisting of two photographic prints depicting early aerial cameras, possibly from the World War I era. No further information about the cameras is known.


  • circa 1914-1918


Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Museum of Flight (TMOF) Archives is the owner of the physical materials in the archives and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from TMOF archives before any publication use. TMOF does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 letter size file folder)

Historical Note: Aerial Photography

Aerial photography during World War I initially began with large format cameras that made exposures on glass plates. Early film technology was problematic for aerial usage, with focusing issues at high altitudes and a tendency to accumulate static charges in certain weather conditions, which affected the photo exposures. Nevertheless, the Eastman-Kodak Company of New York pursued the development of a specialized film camera for aerial photography via their subsidiary company Folmer & Schwing. The result was the 'K' type camera, which exposed up to 100 images in a continuous series documenting the aircraft's path. Although the U.S. War Department expressed interest in the camera, the armistice came before any American technology could be utilized on the front.


Terrence J. Finnegan. Shooting the front : allied aerial reconnaissance in the first World War. Stroud, Gloucestershire : Spellmount, c2011.

Existence and Location of Copies

Materials from this collection have been digitized and are available at The Museum of Flight Digital Collections.


Guide to the Glenn Jones Aerial Camera Photographs
Completed - Level 1
A. Demeter
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
1st edition

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle Washington 98108-4097

The Museum of Flight | 9404 E. Marginal Way South | Seattle WA 98108-4097 | 206-764-5874
Contact us with a research request