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Goodman L. Goodmanson Los Angeles International Air Meet Photograph Album

Identifier: 1990-03-13
The Goodman L. Goodmanson Los Angeles International Air Meet Photograph Album collection is comprised of an album which holds sixty-three (63) black-and-white photographs, taken by Goodman L. Goodmanson, a Los Angeles Examiner photographer, at the Los Angeles International Air Meet of 1910 held at Dominguez Field in California.

The front cover of the album is detached and features a embossed dragon holding a sign 'Photographs'. Each page has one to four photographs glued on and are not captioned; identifications came from David Hatfield's Dominguez Air Meet.

The photographs are primarily snapshots and were taken over an eleven-day period, from January 10-20, 1910, and depict the pilots and balloonists who participated in the air show, including Glenn H. Curtiss, Louis Paulhan, Didier Masson, Charles K. Hamilton, Charles K. Miscarol, and Roy Knabenshue. One image shows Paulhan being handed a trophy in front of a group of onlookers and another shows the crowd lifting Paulhan into the air in celebration. Several images feature snapshots of the large crowds in attendance. Other images show smaller groups of people, including a group of unidentified women using newspapers to avoid wet weather, Madame Paulhan (Louis Paulhan's wife) talking to an unidentified man, and a group of people in evening dress, likely at a party or dance.

Aircraft are pictured in flight and on the ground, including hot air balloons, airships, the Curtiss Model D (also known as the 'Curtiss Pusher' biplane), the Farman (Brothers) 1910 biplane, and a Blériot monoplane. One image features two hot air balloons close to the ground fighting against a gust of wind. There is also one image of a map, which includes the long distance flight paths made by Louis Paulhan.

Also included in the collection is an undated handwritten notecard from 'Dot' to 'Lloyd' [Goodmanson], that presents the album as a gift.


  • 1910


Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research and is accessible in the Dahlberg Research Center by appointment. For more information contact us.

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.The photograph album is fragile and should not be handled. Digital copies are available.


0.1 Cubic Feet ( 1 flat box)


Goodman L. Goodmanson (1886-1924) worked as a photographer for the Los Angeles Examiner during the 1910s. The collection is comprised of a photograph album containing sixty-three (63) black-and-white photographs depicting scenes from the Los Angeles International Air Meet of 1910 and a handwritten notecard presenting the album as a gift.

Historical Note: Los Angeles International Air Meet of 1910

The Los Angeles International Air Meet of 1910 was the first major airshow in the United States. It was held at Dominguez Field, now known as Carson, California. Over the span of the eleven-day event, an estimated 250,000 tickets were sold.

To accommodate spectators, grandstands were constructed and nearby train stations were expanded. Pilots for planes, balloons, and dirigibles were invited to participate in hopes of winning cash prizes for the various competitive events, such as endurance, altitude, and speed. Organizers also invited French aviator Louis Paulhan to underline the international aspect.

The air meet drew many famous aviators, including Glenn H. Curtiss, Roy Knabenshue, Charles Willard, Lincoln Beachey and Charles K. Hamilton. Didier Masson, another French aviator, was also in attendance. While Glenn H. Curtiss did well, it was French aviator Louis Paulhan who stole the show, winning a large amount of the competitive prizes as well as thrilling the crowds with aerial feats.

Source and Further Reading:

Hatfield, David. Dominguez Air Meet. Inglewood, CA: Northrop University Press, 1976.
Biographical Note: Goodman L. Goodmanson Goodman L. Goodmanson was born in Norway in 1886 and immigrated to California in 1887. Goodmanson worked as a photographer for the Los Angeles Examiner during the 1910s. Goodmanson passed away in 1924.


Biography derived from collection materials and the 1920 United States Census.

Immediate Source of Acquistion

The collection was donated by Lloyd Goodmanson, the nephew of Goodman L. Goodmanson.


No further accruals are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

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

Related Archival Materials at Other Institutions

Gerth Archives and Special Collections at the California State University, Dominguez Hills hosts a digital collection:

1910 Los Angeles International Aviation Meet Research Collection. Online at
Related Archival Materials at The Museum of Flight The Thomas Riedinger Los Angeles Air Meet Papers (1985-09-13). The collection contains a reprint of the official program for January 14, 1910, "First in America - Aviation Meet Los Angeles" and a 1954 leaflet "The First Aviation Meet in America" by Dr. David W. Davies.


Guide to the Goodman L. Goodmanson Los Angeles International Air Meet Photograph Album
Completed - Level 3
J. Parent
Description rules
Language of description
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1st Edition

Revision Statements

  • November 2018: Finding aid migrated to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

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