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An album of 119 photographs of British aircraft of the Second World War, chiefly various models of the Vickers Wellington and Vickers Warwick bombers, including many rare and unique prototypes
1937. Many of the photographs appear to have been taken at Vickers' Brooklands factory near Weybridge, Surrey (the famous banked race track is visible in many images), and possibly also at the nearby Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, Hampshire. Nearly all are dated, ranging from 1937 to 1946. The gelatin silver prints have been cropped to highlight the stationary aircraft; the resulting photographs are in a visually appealing panoramic format, with most of them between 55 and 75 mm high (some smaller, some larger), and approximately 190 mm wide. They are loosely mounted (from three to five per page) under clear celluloid sheets in a later commercial photograph album. The album is neither here nor there; apart from a crease near a short edge of one print, the photographs are in excellent condition. Approximately 35 different aircraft are shown, each represented by between two and five photographs taken from different angles. The verso of each print carries the inkstamp of the RTP [Research and Technical Publications] Photographic Section of (variously) the Air Ministry, Ministry of Aircraft Production, or Ministry of Supply. These stamps, restricting reproduction, are completed in manuscript with a reference number and date; at least one image is also stamped 'Secret'. The aircraft shown are: Vickers Wellesley (Production); Armstrong Whitworth Whitley; Vickers B1/35 (1939, 1940 and 1941 models - these are prototypes for the Warwick); Vickers Wellington (Mk II with and without experimental turret, Mk III, Mk IV, Mk V, Mk VIII, an unidentified model with an experimen … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers [Australia]
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