Portrait of Lillian Boyer, Aerial Stunt Performer, circa 1922

Summary

Would you climb out on the wing of an airplane? In 1921, Lillian Boyer did after only her second time in the air. This fearless decision led her to become a wing-walker, performing death-defying aerial feats. She hung by her teeth, ankles and toes. She balanced on her head. She even changed planes in midair. Her stunts garnered headlines wherever she performed.

Would you climb out on the wing of an airplane? In 1921, Lillian Boyer did after only her second time in the air. This fearless decision led her to become a wing-walker, performing death-defying aerial feats. She hung by her teeth, ankles and toes. She balanced on her head. She even changed planes in midair. Her stunts garnered headlines wherever she performed.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

circa 1922

Subject Date

circa 1922

Creators

Unknown

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

68.160.1.18

Credit

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

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 3.5 in

Width: 2.25 in

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