[Panoramic Photograph]: WWI American Aviation at Brooks Field in San Antonio, Texas

[San Antonio, Texas: Brooks Field, 1918].

Price: $6,000.00

Unbound. Panoramic gelatin silver photograph. Approximately 107" x 11.5". Some amateurish tape reinforcement at the margins that doesn't encroach in any significant way on the image and a few light stains in the margins. The image is currently tacked at the margins onto a board (as we received it), but would have to be removed for shipping. Overall good or a bit better. Some hand captioning. Because of the great scope of the panorama the subjects at the furthest extremes of the image appear smaller with a bit of a fisheye effect.

A breathtaking World War I panoramic image of an American aviation base. The image displays over a dozen aircraft hangers, approximately 50 biplanes, and hundreds of pilots, air crews, maintenance staff, ground officers, civilian instructors, a field band, and officers in formation. Among the officers central to the image are "Commanding Officer Colonel Pratt," "Major General S.D. Holbroke," and "Officer in Charge of Flying Major Walton". Additionally in the formation are captioned "Capt. Sully (R.F.C.)" and "Lt. Delores (French Ace)." Another group of men not in uniform is captioned "Walter Johnson and Civilian Instructors," and "R.M. Aviators." Also designated is "Lt. C. U. Miller #19," perhaps the owner of the image. The captioned has also noted the "Ambulance Ship (latest design) in #10 hanger."

Of particular interest is Commanding Officer Colonel (later Major General) Henry Conger Pratt, the only person in American military history to command both an air force wing and an army division. Pratt took command of the base in February 1918, but by the first week of October he was sent to Europe when the Meuse-Argonne Offensive was underway, thus dating this image to sometime between February and September 1918. Most of the other officers designated in the image are identifiable; a few of them less so - presumably the captions utilized some imprecise spelling.

A breathtaking aviation panorama, we've certainly never seen a larger WWI image.


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[Panoramic Photograph]: WWI American Aviation at Brooks Field in San Antonio, Texas
[Panoramic Photograph]: WWI American Aviation at Brooks Field in San Antonio, Texas
[Panoramic Photograph]: WWI American Aviation at Brooks Field in San Antonio, Texas
[Panoramic Photograph]: WWI American Aviation at Brooks Field in San Antonio, Texas
[Panoramic Photograph]: WWI American Aviation at Brooks Field in San Antonio, Texas
[Panoramic Photograph]: WWI American Aviation at Brooks Field in San Antonio, Texas
[Panoramic Photograph]: WWI American Aviation at Brooks Field in San Antonio, Texas