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Ed Brown Northwest Airlines Photographs

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: 1995-06-20-A
The collection is comprised of four photographs of Northwest Airways aircraft, dated August 1933. Aircraft include a Ford Tri-motor 5AT (NC8410), Travel Air 6000 (NC8754), Stearman C3 (NC6255), and Sikorsky S-38 (NC303N). Photographs were taken at the Northwest Airways Overhaul Base at Saint Paul, Minnesota.


  • 1933 August


Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

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0.01 Cubic Feet (1 letter-size folder )

Historical Note: Northwest Airways in 1933

The photographer provided the following description of Northwest Airways operations at the time: "At that time, Northwest had about 200 employees and operated from Chicago to Seattle with a branch to Winnepeg, Canada and Duluth, Minn. They operated 3 Ford Trimotors, 10 Hamilton, 6 [illegible] monoplanes, 2 Sikorsky S-38. The Hamiltons operated from Chicago to Billings, Montana and the Fords Billings to Seattle. The S-38 flew from Minneapolis to Duluth, landing in Duluth Harbor."
Biographical Note: Ed Brown Edmund R. "Ed" Brown was born circa 1915. He worked as a $65/month, 48 hour/week mechanics helper at Northwest Airways during the summer of 1933. He was based at Saint Paul, Minnesota. Brown worked half time for Bill Peterson, the electrical foreman, and half time for Manfred Boe, the instrument foreman. Ed Brown died in January 1998.

Biography derived from collection materials and
Guide to the Ed Brown Northwest Airlines Photographs
Completed - Level 1
L. Rola
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
2nd edition

Revision Statements

  • June 2020: Updated bio note and related agents, corrected misspelling in scope note.

Repository Details

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