"Jersey" Ringel Performing a Stunt on an Airplane in Flight, circa 1921

Summary

In the early 1920s, "barnstorming" swept the United States. Pilots in surplus World War I airplanes toured the country performing sensational aerial stunts for enthusiastic spectators -- most of whom had never seen an airplane before. Many flyers lost their lives to these dangerous aerobatics -- including Philip "Jersey" Ringel, who perished in 1930. Increasing government regulation ended the barnstorming era.

In the early 1920s, "barnstorming" swept the United States. Pilots in surplus World War I airplanes toured the country performing sensational aerial stunts for enthusiastic spectators -- most of whom had never seen an airplane before. Many flyers lost their lives to these dangerous aerobatics -- including Philip "Jersey" Ringel, who perished in 1930. Increasing government regulation ended the barnstorming era.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

circa 1921

Subject Date

circa 1921

Creators

Unknown

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

68.160.1.14.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Harry Schlee

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 10 in  (Actual photoprint: 2.75)

Width: 13 in  (Actual photoprint: 4)

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