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Early Seattle Aviation Photograph Album

Identifier: 1991-04-08
The Early Seattle Aviation Photograph Album is titled "A Portfolio of Early Aviation Photos, 1908-1913" and is comprised of ten black-and-white photographs. Each page has a single print accompanied by a handwritten caption that provides brief contextual information, including people, aircraft, year, and location. Images depict the first flight in Washington state by Charles Keeney Hamilton, the crash of that first flight, various views of a plane built by Charles A. Boussuet of Seattle (Washington), a group shot of men identified as mechanics, the Wright (Co) Model B, an early unidentified hydroplane, and Herb Munter in a Boeing B & W (Boeing & Westervelt) (Model 1). Inside the front cover is an inscription, "For Tom, Christmas 1936, from his non-aviation minded friend George."


  • 1908-1916


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.


0.03 Cubic Feet ( 1 flat box)


The collection consists of an album containing ten black-and-white photographs featuring early aviators and aircraft in Seattle, Washington.

Custodial History

The provenance of this collection is unknown. The donor or the donor's family may have received the album from a friend, possibly someone in flight training with the donor's brother Warren Elfendahl. As of 2019 the donor's family did not know of any direct connection between the album and their family. The "Tom" and "George" mentioned in the album inscrciption are likewise unknown.


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.


Guide to the Early Seattle Aviation Photograph Album
Completed - Level 3
J. Parent; N. Davis
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
2nd edition

Revision Statements

  • 2018 November: Finding aid migrated to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2019 August: Changed title; updated custodial history based on information from donor's family.
  • October 2020: Corrected minor misspelling, updated related agent bio notes.

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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