The collection consists of 150 8" x 10" official Boeing Airplane Company photographs of the production of planes at the Boeing factory on the Duwamish River in Seattle. The photographs document facilities and equipment for testing various airplane parts; airplane parts and sections under construction, including a gun mount, frames for airplane wings and bodies, connection beams and engines; parts installation and plane assembly; and views of completed planes. Also includes photographs of test models and full size mock ups, including a mock up for the Model 200 Monomail, and for the military Model XP-9, which was never produced.
The collection represents the range of planes produced by Boeing during this period: private and commercial passenger planes, mail planes for delivering airmail under Boeing's recent U.S. Postal Department contract, pursuit and fighter planes for the military; and planes for pilot training at the Boeing School of Aeronautics. Models include flying boats, biplanes and monoplanes.
Each photograph is embossed with the Boeing logo and stamped on verso with "Boeing Off. Photo" and the Boeing logo.
Alternative Forms Available :
View selections from the collection in digital format by clicking on the camera icons in the detailed listing below.Restrictions on Access :
The collection is open to the public by appointment.Restrictions on Use :
The Museum of History & Industry is the owner of the materials in the Sophie Frye Bass Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from MOHAI before any reproduction use. The museum does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.Preferred Citation :
Boeing Airplane Company airplane production photographs, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle
Acquisition Information :
Gift of Mrs. William Boeing, March 26, 1953Processing Note :
The photographs were bound into an album, probably during previous processing. Typewritten on the cover of the album was the title "Boeing Airplane Company Pictures, W E Boeing copies presented by Mrs. W E Boeing, Seattle Historical Society." The first half of the album was arranged into Boeing photo number order; the remainder appeared to be in random order. The album was disassembled and the photographs rearranged in folders into Boeing photo number order, which corresponds approximately with the chronological order.
Collection is numbered beginning with number 2; number 1 has been assigned to the artifacts received with the donation.Separated Materials :
These materials are part of a donation that also included a small number of artifacts. These artifacts are cataloged and stored separately by MOHAI's Collections Department.
Detailed Description of the Collection
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