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Framed Original B&W Photograph "Ruth Law's Flying Circus" showing Ruth Law and three members of her troupe, one in a race car with "Special Duesenberg" painted on the side. Stamped on the back: "Ruth Law's Flying Circus, Ruth Law, Inc. Suite 316 Chemical

np (Sedalia, Missouri) nd (August 1921 Photo is oblong 8 x 10, no photographer listed, frame is 11 x 14, cheap black plastic with glass. Photograph is creased, soiled, spotted, edges peeling, small vertical tear (about 1") at top, glued to a piece of non-archival paper, frame has light scratches and wear. Shown is Ruth Law leaning on a race car "Special Duesenberg 8" painted on the side, driver inside car and two other members behind the race car which is parked in front of Law's (Curtiss) biplane. This same photo is also in the archives of the Dept. of Agriculture at Missouri State which indicated that this photo was taken August 1921 at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia. Ruth Law, 1887-1970, an early female aviator took her first flying lessons in 1912. She bought her first biplane from Orville Wright (who thought women shouldn't fly). She was the first woman to fly at night, smashed cross country records, made one of the earliest transcontinental flights. After WWI ended, Law formed "Ruth Law's Flying Circus" barnstorming county and state fairs doing acrobatics, racing against cars, flying through fireworks. Her career ended in 1922 after reading a newspaper story (planted by her husband) about her imminent retirement. Her husband, who was also the troupe's manager, realized how deadly these stunts were and was afraid of losing her. She honored her promise to never let her feet leave the ground until her death at age 83 in 1970. Original photograph of Ruth Law are very scarce. Sold as is.

Book Id: 98-7085

Price: $250.00

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