J. Stevenson (LOC)

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    Bain News Service,, publisher.

    J. Stevenson

    [between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]

    1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

    Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards.
    Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

    Air pilots

    Format: Glass negatives.

    Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

    Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

    General information about the Bain Collection is available at hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.ggbain

    Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL): hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ggbain.09370

    Call Number: LC-B2- 2218-15

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    1. undeadsinatra 86 months ago | reply

      This is pretty likely to be Joseph Stevenson.

      From findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3880/is_200401/ai_n9345480

      "Airplanes have been displayed in Birmingham since at least 1909, when E. T. Odum exhibited his invention at the Alabama State Fair, but visitors did not see the invention take flight. Odum cancelled his scheduled demonstration after the steel shank of the propeller bent during an engine test. "The beautiful birds of the air" that thrilled the crowds each day were dirigibles flown by Ray Knabenshue and Lincoln Beachey. Phil Parmalee of the Wright Company took off at the 1910 fair despite rain and a stiff wind, earning fame as the first person to pilot an airplane in the city. Photographs record flying demonstrations at fairgrounds air shows in 1912, 1915, and 1921, some of which proved fatal. Thousands of fairgrounds spectators witnessed a 1912 crash. Joseph Stevenson of New York City got off the ground in his "Stevenson Biplane" (assembled for the flight the day before), stayed aloft for about two minutes, rising to a height of thirty to forty feet, then "could not elevate his flight." The airplane turned to the left and then the right before shooting to the ground, motor first. A spectator compared the flight and fall to a spent arrow that goes rapidly upward until it loses its strength and falls to the ground. Stevenson tried unsuccessfully to jump from his self-designed and self-built aircraft. He was pulled unconscious from beneath the plane and, wife by his side, transported by ambulance to the Robinson Infirmary with a fractured skull, a broken rib, and a punctured right lung. He died the next morning."

    2. Wystan 67 months ago | reply

      Joseph Stevenson was in the news on June 1, 1911, when he crashed his biplane at a field in Mineola, Long Island -- but escaped injury.

    3. Early Aviation 31 months ago | reply

      Joseph Stevenson began flying at Mineola, Long Island, New York in July, 1910. The Curtiss-Type biplane he flew at that time was built by Pincus Brauner.
      Stevenson never obtained a pilot's license from the Aero Club of America.
      Died October 8,1912 from injuries sustained at the Alabama State Fair October 7,1912.
      Birmingham, Alabama.

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