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Prentice Arthur Kusabs Boeing B & W (Model 1) photographs

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: 2017-02-05-A
The collection is comprised of twenty-three (23) black-and-white photographs of the Boeing B & W (Model 1). The images were taken by Prentice Arthur Kusabs, circa 1919, and depict the two Boeing Model 1s aircraft that were sold to the Walsh Brothers' New Zealand Flying School. The photographs range in size from 1x2" to 3x4" and show the aircraft in flight and on the ground. A few images include unidentified people, some of whom are possibly the Walsh brothers, George Bolt, and Kusabs. One photograph has "Kusabs" handwritten in pencil on the reverse. The image depicts four men around an engine and their faces are mostly obscured so it is not certain which man is Kusabs. Only two other images have handwritten captions on reverse; one which reads "[Fal? Dougaville?] after hitting submerged log in river" and shows a seaplane in the water next to a boat. The words "Royal Mail" are visible on the fuselage. The second caption reads "Hold Her up!!!!!" and depicts an unidentified man, possibly one of the Walsh brothers or George Bolt, seated in an aircraft.

There are also seven envelopes, which the photographs were presumably originally kept in (see Processing Information note). Three of them are blank while three have handwritten captions including "Walsh Flying School George Bolt Mission Bay," "Aero enginer workshop Mission Bay," "Walsh's Flying School." One has a note on the front which states that the "collection material is similar to materials donated to MOTAT [Museum of Transport and Technology Auckland] in 2007."


  • circa 1919


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.


0.02 Cubic Feet (1 letter size folder)

Biographical Note: Arthur Prentice Kusabs

Prentice Arthur Kusabs was born in Rotorua, New Zealand on July 9, 1897. Kusabs was an employee of and student at the Walsh Brothers' New Zealand Flying School in Kohimarama, Auckland, New Zealand. He went on to join the Royal Flight Corps during World War I. Kusabs later served as Mayor of Rotorua from 1942-1947. He died in 1974. No further information is known.


Biography derived from collection materials and donor information.

Processing Information

The collection holds seven envelopes which presumably originally housed the photographs. It is not known if the collection was received with the photographs still in the envelopes or if they were removed during previous processing of the material. They have been retained for the very brief contextual information handwritten on three of them.


Guide to the Prentice Arthur Kusabs Boeing B & W (Model 1) photographs
Completed - Level 2
J. Parent
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
2nd edition

Revision Statements

  • 2022 March 23: Added agent and updated scope note.

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

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Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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