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Frank A. Kiraly Aviation Postcard and Photo Collection

Identifier: MS-515

Scope and Contents

The collection consists entirely of aviation postcards and photographs. The postcards, most of which depict airports throughout the United States, date between approximately 1911 and 1977. Postcards bearing a postmark but no other date information have been assigned a “circa” date of the postmark date. The photographs primarily depict famous aviators from the 1930s, including Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart.


  • Creation: 1911-1977


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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Frank A. Kiraly (1914-2000) was an aviation enthusiast and a detective with the Cleveland Police. During the time period to which most of the collection materials date, Frank lived at 3492/3494 W. 117th Street in Cleveland (a duplex where other members of his family also lived); this address is stamped on the back of some of the photographs. He and wife Helen later lived in nearby Lakewood, Ohio.


0.5 linear feet (1 binder box)

Language of Materials



The collection consists of aviation postcards, primarily of airports throughout the country, and also of photographs of famous aviators from the 1930s.


The collection is arranged in a single series. In the finding aid, the file number designation indicates the page (number) and position on the page (letter). For the position, the letters are assigned from left to right then top to bottom (e.g., “a” indicates top or top left, then “b” is middle or top right).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was purchased from Zubal Books in Cleveland in October 2015. Zubal Books purchased the collection from an estate sale in 2014.

Guide to the Frank A. Kiraly Aviation Postcard and Photo Collection (MS-515)
Ed O'Shaughnessy, Lisa Rickey
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA