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Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart
Date: June 7, 1935
This is an informal photograph of Amelia Earhart, 1897-1937. She is seated between two women on a parade float in Atchison, Kansas. The two women may be Barbara and Lorraine Hellener, daughters of the City Manager, Earl Hellener. Also visible are the float's driver, spectators, and parked automobiles along the city street. A native of Atchison, Earhart spoke at Memorial Hall to a crowd of 3,500 people during her visit. The parade was June 7, 1935.


Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart
Date: May 20, 1932
A photograph of Amelia Earhart, George P. Putnam and Bernt Balchen at the Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, airport. Earhart was preparing for her solo transatlantic flight.


Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart
Date: June 7, 1935
This photograph shows aviator Amelia Earhart on a parade float at a homecoming parade in Atchison, Kansas. A native of Atchison, Kansas, Earhart spoke at Memorial Hall to a crowd of 3,500 people during her visit. Earhart set a record flying solo across the Atlantic in her Lockheed Vega. She made the 14-hour, 56-minute flight from Newfoundland to Ireland in May 1932. Earlier, she had been the first woman to cross the Atlantic as a passenger in a plane.


Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart
Date: 1932
Portrait of Amelia Earhart, 1897-1939, American aviation pioneer, at the age of 35. Earhart, a native of Atchison, Kansas, was the first woman to fly solo over the Atlantic Ocean and to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross.


Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart
Date: May 20, 1932
A photograph taken at the Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, airport (left to right) Marjorie Warren, E. Kunhardt Warren, Amelia Earhart, and William A. Robinson, holding a motion picture camera. Earhart was preparing for her solo flight across the Atlantic.


Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart
Date: July 02, 1932
This is a photograph of Amelia Earhart after her solo flight, meeting with Jack Mollendyk, father of commercial aviation, and Mr. McKenney, one of TWA's first traffic managers.


Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart
Date: May 20, 1932
A photograph showing Amelia Earhart at the controls of a modified Lockheed Vega taking off from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, for her transatlantic flight.


Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart
Date: May 20, 1932
A photograph of Amelia Earhart taking off in a modified Lockheed Vega from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, for her transatlantic flight.


Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart
Creator: Phyfe, Hal, 1892-1968
Date: Between 1932 and 1937
This is a portrait of George P. Putnam and Amelia Earhart. Putnam was Earhart's husband.


Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart
Date: 1921
This is an informal photograph of pilot Amelia Earhart after her first solo flight in 1921. The image was copied from "Soaring Wings," which was written by her husband, George P. Putnam, and published in 1939 by Harcourt, Brace & Co. after her presumed death.


Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart
Creator: MacDonald, W. H.
Date: Between 1930 and 1937
A photograph of Amelia Earhart and George P. Putnum taken in Rye, New York. Putnam helped coordinate Earhart's 1928 trans-Atlantic flight and acted as her promoter following the flight. Earhart and Putnam married in 1931. Earhart disappeared in 1937 during her attempt to fly around the world.


Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart
Date: May 20, 1932
A photograph of Amelia Earhart taking off in a Lockheed Vega from an airport in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, for her solo transatlantic flight.


Amelia Earhart Christmas card

Amelia Earhart Christmas card
Date: 1933
Christmas card from Amelia Earhart and George Putnam. Printed in black on off-white colored paper. The donor's family knew Earhart and Putnam, and the couple stayed with the family when they visited the British Isles. Putnam and Earhart met in 1928 when the publisher contacted the aviatrix to ask her to become the first woman to fly across the Atlantic as a passenger. They were married in 1931. Earhart disappeared over the Pacific during an attempted around-the-world flight on July 2, 1937.


Amelia Earhart Christmas card

Amelia Earhart Christmas card
Date: between 1931 and 1936
Christmas card from Amelia Earhart and George Putnam. Printed in black on off-white colored paper. The donor's family knew Earhart and Putnam, and the couple stayed with the family when they visited the British Isles. Putnam and Earhart met in 1928 when the publisher contacted the aviatrix to ask her to become the first woman to fly across the Atlantic as a passenger. They were married in 1931. Earhart disappeared over the Pacific during an attempted around-the-world flight on July 2, 1937.


Amelia Earhart Christmas card

Amelia Earhart Christmas card
Date: between 1931 and 1936
Christmas card from Amelia Earhart and George Putnam. Printed in black on off-white colored paper. The donor's family knew Earhart and Putnam, and the couple stayed with the family when they visited the British Isles. Putnam and Earhart met in 1928 when the publisher contacted the aviatrix to ask her to become the first woman to fly across the Atlantic as a passenger. They were married in 1931. Earhart disappeared over the Pacific during an attempted around-the-world flight on July 2, 1937.


Amelia Earhart and Laura Ingalls

Amelia Earhart and Laura Ingalls
Date: August 19, 1935
This photograph shows Amelia Earhart Putnam and Laura Houghtaling Ingalls, descending from a TWA "Sky Chief" airplane that stopped briefly at the municipal airport in Wichita, Kansas. The two female aviators were headed for Los Angeles, California.


Amelia Earhart as a nurses' aid

Amelia Earhart as a nurses' aid
Date: Between 1900 and 1919
This is a photograph of Amelia Earhart as a nurses' aid in Canada.


Amelia Earhart at a homecoming celebration in Atchison, Kansas

Amelia Earhart at a homecoming celebration in Atchison, Kansas
Date: June 1935
This is a photograph showing Amelia Earhart speaking at a homecoming celebration in Atchison, Kansas.


Amelia Earhart sculpture

Amelia Earhart sculpture
Creator: Felten, Peter F., Jr.
Date: between 1979 and 1981
Small plaster bust of aviatrix Amelia Earhart by Kansas artist Peter "Fritz" Felten, Jr. The model is associated with the 1981 installation of statues in the Kansas statehouse rotunda. A special committee selected Felten from Hays, Kansas, as the sculptor of statues depicting four notable Kansans--Arthur Capper, Earhart, Dwight Eisenhower, and William Allen White. Felten created this small model and three others to demonstrate his design concept. Originally from Atchison, Kansas, Amelia Earhart was a noted American aviation pioneer, author, and celebrity who vanished in a 1937 flight around the world.


Amelia Earhart with Alfred Mossman Landon

Amelia Earhart with Alfred Mossman Landon
Date: Between 1935 and 1936
This is a photograph showing Amelia Earhart and Alfred Mossman Landon with a group of unidentified people possibly taken in Atchison, Kansas.


Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subjects airports - attractions

Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subjects airports - attractions
Creator: Kansas Film Commission
Date: 1980s - 2000s
These are panoramic photographs of locations in Kansas created by the Kansas Film Commission to promote scenes to film companies. The panoramics were created by taking individual photos and taping them together. The photographs are arranged alphabetically by subject and then location. Subjects included in this part of the collection are: airports, animals, antiques, and attractions.


Kansas Statehouse statuary

Kansas Statehouse statuary
Date: August 20, 1981
This is a program from the dedication of the four statues by Peter F. Felten, Jr. The statues are of Arthur Capper, Amelia Mary Earhart, William Allen White, and Dwight David Eisenhower. Brief biographies are included.


Statehouse statue, Topeka, Kansas

Statehouse statue, Topeka, Kansas
Date: July 23, 1981
These two black and white photographs show the statue of Amelia Earhart being moved into the capitol in Topeka, Kansas. The 2,000 pound native limestone statue, sculpted by artist Peter "Fritz" Felten, Jr., of Hays, Kansas, was placed on the second floor of the statehouse rotunda.


Statehouse statue, Topeka, Kansas

Statehouse statue, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Kintner, Earl
Date: July 27, 1981
These two black and white photographs show the statue of Amelia Earhart at the capitol in Topeka, Kansas. The 2,000 pound native limestone statue, sculpted by artist Peter "Fritz" Felten, Jr., of Hays, Kansas, was placed on the second floor of the statehouse rotunda.


Statehouse statues, Topeka, Kansas

Statehouse statues, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Kintner, Earl
Date: July 23, 1981
These four black and white photographs show the statues of the thirty-fourth President of the United States Dwight David Eisenhower, newspaper publisher William Allen White, twentieth Governor of Kansas and U.S. Senator Arthur Capper and aviator Amelia Earhart on the capitol steps in Topeka, Kansas. The 2,000 pound native limestone statues, sculpted by artist Peter "Fritz" Felten, Jr., of Hays, Kansas, were placed on the second floor of the statehouse rotunda.


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