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    Lot of Miscellaneous Items from the Henry T. Myers Archive of Aviation History. Lt. Col. Henry "Hank" T. Myers learned to pilot planes in college and flew several years as a commercial pilot before being chosen to serve as pilot to Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S Truman. Following his stint as the Presidential pilot he returned to commercial aviation until his retirement. The items in this interesting archive are in very good to fine condition, collected throughout his amazing career, and includes:

    •7 x 9.25" bust photo of José Luis Bustamante y Rivero, 39th president of Peru (1945-48), matted to an overall size of 10 x 14" and inscribed along the lower matte border to Lt. Col. Myers, Lima Peru, August 19, 1946.

    •10.25 x 13.5" bust photo of Albert Benjamin "Happy" Chandler, Sr., twice governor of Kentucky, a U.S. Senator, the 2nd Commissioner of Major League Baseball, and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame; inscribed to Myers and signed as Senator (1939-45), n.p., n.d.

    •10.5 x 11.75" bust image of Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky, the Russian-American aviation pioneer, inscribed to Myers, n.p., January 1948.

    •Myers' Original Citation for the Air Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster), and a later reprint of the citation, both framed to an overall size of 9 x 11", n.p., circa 1946.

    •Original cartoon artwork depicting Lt. Col. Myers riding a white cow with "451" on its rump; a gift to Myers by the "Washington Representatives of the Society For the Preservation of the Sacred Cow," framed to an overall size of 13 x 11", n.p., n.d.

    •Partly printed citation from the Greek government, framed to an overall size of 11.25 x 16.75", believed to have been issued as an official thanks to Myers' for flying King George II of Greece on a four-day tour of the US (FDR hosted the Crown Princess Martha of Norway and King George II of Greece at Top Cottage in June-July 1942), place and date untranslated.

    •Partly printed document, framed to an overall size of 15.5 x 13" and signed by Colonel Antonio Cardenas Rodriguez, Commander of the Fuerza Aerea Expedicionaria Mexicana (Mexican Expeditionary Air Force), awarding "honorary wings" to Lt. Col. Myers for "flying our Prime Representative to the United States;" Mexico City, May 7, 1947.

    •Large silver print group photo of Capt. Myers and his crew in the cockpit of the Independence, taken during President Truman's November 7-21, 1948 trip to Key West, Florida. Image measures 14 x 11" and is double matted and framed to an overall size of 18 x 16". Signed by Myers as Pilot, Master Sergeant Frederick A. Winslow as Second Engineer, Master Sergeant Charles A. Horton as Radio Operator, Capt. Elmer F. Smith as Co-Pilot and Capt. T.J. Boselli as Navigator, n.p., n.d.

    •10.5 x 7.25 x 2.5" wooden box containing hundreds of film negative strips taken by Myers during his aviation career. Each negative strip is housed in a wrapper (some are celluloid, some are glassine) and is briefly identified on an enclosed printed form. Although the cello wrappers are rapidly deteriorating, the negatives remain in good condition and include images from Myers' world travels, including many photos from the Potsdam and Yalta Conferences, Copenhagen, Paris, Berlin, Mexico, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Rio de Janeiro, Galapagos Islands, Acapulco, and much more. The negatives are of Myer's personal photographs and are unpublished.

    •A VHS video identified as "WWII, Capt. Hank Meyers [sic], USAAF; a newspaper article about The Brahma Cow accompanied by an original black and white snapshot of a drawing of the Sacred Cow hanging on an interior wall of the aircraft; and a leather snap-closure case that holds an American Airlines "Navigational Computer Type C" flight tool and instruction booklet.

    •Locking film box containing 13 rolls of 16mm film, some with labels (Postdam, Paris, Geneva, Italy, etc.).


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