John Houser Aviation Prints
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of aviation prints of historical aircraft collected by John Houser. They are arranged into three series by collector sets.
Series I: Phillips Petroleum Company Historical Aviation Reprints, circa 1960s, contains ten monochrome reprints from the Phillips Petroleum Company Historical Aviation Reprints series produced in the 1960s. The reprints measure 11” x 8 ½” and depict aircraft produced by early airlines, early warbirds from World War I, and aircraft flown in World War II. The back of each reprint provides information about the aircraft or airline represented in the image.
Series II: The Edo Floater Collector Series, contains four prints of 1929 and 1933 floatplanes by the Edo Aircraft Corporation. Each print measures 11” x 14” and has a caption providing historical information about the featured floatplane in the image.
Series III: Leach Corporation Heritage of the Air Collection, 1959-1969, contains 42 color offset lithographs made from original watercolor paintings by Merv Corning. The original paintings were commissioned by Leach International to depict heroic scenes of early WWI planes and pilots to be used as advertising art. The series was originally intended to be 3-4 images, but were so popular that they expanded the series to 45 paintings which were featured in Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine for about 10 years starting in 1959. The prints in this collection measure 11” x 14” and each have a caption explaining the historical significance of the image portrayed in the lithograph.
- Creation: 1959-1969
- Houser, John, 1923-2014 (Person)
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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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
John Wallace Houser was born November 29, 1923 in Springfield, Ohio to Howard and Virginia (Westfall) Houser. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps with the 425th Bomb Squadron (part of the 308th Bombardment Group). During WWII, John was a B-24 engine mechanic in China. He was honorably discharged in September, 1945. John went to Purdue for one year in engineering and then 2 years at Cal-Aero in Glendale, California. He was an engineer at Aeronca for 40 years, retiring in 1989. The company allowed him to do service engineering on the side, providing information to people all over the world so they could restore their vintage Aeronca aircraft. After he retired, John continued to provide information and copies of drawings to people who were restoring their planes. He passed away December 24, 2014 in Middletown, Ohio.
0.25 linear feet (1 flat box)
Language of Materials
The collection contains three different sets of aviation art prints collected by John Houser: 10 prints from the Phillips Petroleum Company Historical Aviation Reprints of WWI and WWII aircraft, circa 1960s; 4 prints from the Edo Floater Collector Series depicting floatplanes from 1929 and 1933; and 42 offset lithographs of WWI planes and pilots from the Leach Corporation Heritage of the Air Collection copyrighted from 1959-1969.
The collection is arranged into 3 series:
- Series I:
- Phillips Petroleum Company Historical Aviation Reprints, Circa 1960s
- Series II:
- The Edo Floater Collector Series, undated
- Series III:
- Leach Corporation Heritage of the Air Collection, 1959-1969
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated to Special Collections & Archives at Wright State University by Jenni Beckner, daughter of John Houser, in 2015.
A total of 27 aviation books, 239 issues of Vintage Airplane magazines for the years 1980-1999, and volumes 1-13 of National Aeronca Association magazine (TL686 .A42 .N3) for the years 1988-2000 were separated and cataloged for the reading room.
- Guide to the John Houser Aviation Prints (MS-600)
- Toni Vanden Bos
- 2017 August
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