Lincoln Beachey Lighting Barney Oldfield's Cigar, 1914

Summary

In 1914, Barney Oldfield and Lincoln Beachey held exhibition events around the country for eager spectators. Oldfield drove his race car around a track while chasing -- or being chased by -- Beachey, who piloted a Curtiss airplane. The carefully planned races were a hit with audiences who were thrilled by the showmen's mastery of their modern contraptions.

In 1914, Barney Oldfield and Lincoln Beachey held exhibition events around the country for eager spectators. Oldfield drove his race car around a track while chasing -- or being chased by -- Beachey, who piloted a Curtiss airplane. The carefully planned races were a hit with audiences who were thrilled by the showmen's mastery of their modern contraptions.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

1914

Subject Date

1914

Creators

Hughes, W. A. 

Place of Creation

United States, California, Los Angeles 

Creator Notes

Photographed by W. A. Hughes, Hughes Photos, Los Angeles, California

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

2005.108.7

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 8 in

Width: 10 in

Inscriptions

Printed in image in lower right hand corner: Hughes / PHOTOS / W. PICO ST. L.A. Handwritten in black ink on back side of image: Lincoln Beachey, first of the / great stunt fliers, lights Barney's / cigar. Beachey and Oldfield engaged / in a spectacular airplane- automobile / race that climaxed in a thrilling / crash of Beachey's plane. The great / stunt-flier was later killed. Ink stamp on back of image reads: Mar 27 1937 Ink stamp on back of image reads: W.A. / Hughes / PHOTOS / 2115 W. Pico St. L.A. Handwritten in pencil on back of image: [printing sizes and numbers]

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