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Title Model II Rex Monoplane 1282
Object Name Print, Photographic
Date ca. 1912
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print. Diagonal front view of an early airplane on display inside a building. The plane has fabric wings and a propeller; plane rests on two wheels. There is American flag bunting hanging from a balcony above the plane. Two printed signs stand on the floor near the plane: "THIS MONOPLANE / WAS BUILT BY / REX / MONOPLANE CO. / TO DEFEND THE / Gordon & Bennet Cup" and "EQUIPPED WITH / GIBSON / PROPELLER." A sign is on the wall in the background: "AVIATION / THEATRE / & LECTURE HALL / NO ADMISSION FEE CHARG[ED]." A black line has been drawn in a box around the plane on the photo, with caption "MODEL II REX MONOPLANE 1282." Written in ink below the box: "5 1/8" wide / Leave Rule." Inscription in the lower right corner of photo: "V2251."
(Keywords: Airplane, Aviation, Early Twentieth Century)
Acquisition Gift of Edwin Skinner
Ownership and History This is one of a group of photographs donated to the Staten Island Historical Society in 1952 by Edwin H. Skinner, who for many years was manager of the Staten Island Beach Land Improvement Company in South Beach. Mr. Skinner was also involved with aviation firms, including the Rex Monoplane Company, located in South Beach, and the Kirkham Aeroplane & Motor Company of Savona, New York.
Earliest Date 1912
Latest Date 1920
Subjects Airplanes
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Skinner, Edwin H.
Catalog Number 52.012.0004
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, April 2017.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.