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[Photo Album]: Post-World War II Air Shows and Aviation School
California, 1948. Near Fine. Oblong small quarto measuring 7" x 11". Brad-bound red paper boards with silver stamped decorations. Contains 71 sepia-toned or black and white silver gelatin photographs measuring between 1" x 1" and 7" x 9.5" with captions.A photo album kept by Californian, Hugo Steigman, a World War II veteran and pilot while he was involved with air shows and aviation teaching schools just after the war. The album begins with this note by Steigman, "the majority of these pictures were taken at N.A.S. Livermore and old Navy Primary Training base -- Fearman's were used by the air cadets there. A.R. McCarty leased the base for glider operations and a school, 'The Rossart Soaring and Gliding School.' These pictures show some of the growth of the school from one plane and glider he taught me to fly and later used me as an instructor. During the summer vacation in 1947 I spent over two solid months living and working at the school. This was without pay. His financial struggles are a monument to the fumbling business man. The jeep served its purpose admirably. It hauled people, gliders, cars, hanger doors, dirt scrapers, scrapers, planes, and did innumerable jobs. "Betty earned her beep." I began flying gliders around late February of 1947 and intend to continue indefinitely." Following this Steigman includes photographs of planes with captions detailing the make and model of each. Other photos include views of the base from the air, the infamous jeep, and photos of his future wife posed on a landing strip. Also included are certificates earned by Steigman including his pilot's license, school bus driver certificate, Boy Scouts of America Scoutmaster card, and his membership card to the Soaring Society of America. According to his obituary he was a "lifetime member of the Order of Daedalians (the national fraternity of military pilots)."A nice collection of aviation photography following an airman's post-war career.
      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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