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Bill's World War II Aviation Scrapbook (MS-678)

Identifier: MS-678

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a single scrapbook (13.5” x 10.75” x 2”) with a wooden cover depicting a man with a sombrero and donkey and the words “Scraps Snaps.” It contains photographs fastened with adhesive corners and clippings pasted directly to the pages. All items are in good condition.

On odd-numbered pages 1-27, the scrapbook contains approximately 62 original photographs. Photographs of the the Lincoln Airplane and Flying School in Lincoln, Nebraska, from October 1939 to February 1940, feature building exteriors, Stearman trainers, as well as views around Lincoln. Photographs of Hagerstown, Maryland, from April to June 1940, feature the Hagerstown Airport and the Fairchild factory. Next are photographs of a Curtiss and Bell exhibit in November 1940, showing many aircraft on display. There are multiple pages of photographs from the Niagara Falls area in March 1941, including the American and Canadian Falls and bridges, as well as nearby Kenmore and Lockport, New York. (One photo depicts “Mrs. Lorenz’s house” on W. Hazeltine Avenue in Kenmore; this may have been where Bill and a friend, Frazier, were staying at the time.) The last page of photographs is titled “Dayton, Ohio,” and includes photos of Huffman Dam and “Wright Hill,” suggesting that Bill may have spent time at nearby Wright Field in the 1940s.

Even-numbered pages feature images clipped from publications. The early pages show students and instructors from the Lincoln Airplane and Flying School. Later pages feature aircraft from The Philadelphia Inquirer's U.S. Warplane Series (Nos. 7-24), including an airplane image, title, and brief description.


  • Creation: 1939-1941

Language of Materials

The collection materials are written in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Although the identity of the scrapbook’s creator “Bill” has not been determined, the following information has been inferred from the scrapbook’s contents. From about October 1939 to about February 1940, Bill trained at the Lincoln Airplane and Flying School, likely in connection with the U.S. Army training taking place there at the time. He may have served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, possibly spending some time at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio.

Unlike “Bill,” one person positively identified in the scrapbook is “Hazaker” (page 5), who was Charles Lafayette Haeseker (1916-1998), born in St. Mary’s, Ohio, and one of the founders of the Lincoln Aviation Institute in 1949.


0.5 linear feet (1 scrapbook)


The scrapbook contains approximately 62 original photographs depicting the Lincoln Airplane and Flying School in Lincoln, Nebraska; the Fairchild factory at Hagerstown, Maryland; as well as scenes at Niagara Falls and Dayton, Ohio. Also included are several clippings from The Philadelphia Inquirer's U.S. Warplane Series (Nos. 7-24).


The scrapbook is arranged according to the original page order in which it was received.

Custodial History

The creator of this scrapbook is known only as “Bill,” per the captions of a few photographs in the book. Wright State University obtained the scrapbook from antiques dealer Joshua Beery, who purchased it at a flea market in Urbana. Beery believes that the flea market seller obtained the scrapbook from an estate sale in the Dayton area. The photographs do not seem to have any additional information on the backs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The scrapbook was purchased via online auction from Joshua Beery of Urbana, Ohio, in September 2020.

Guide to Bill's World War II Aviation Scrapbook (MS-678)
Lisa Rickey
2021 Feb 10
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA