Kathleen Guzman appraises an engraved pen and pencil set from Amelia Earhart!
Via The BBC.
Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. Eighty one years after this extraordinary feat, three new photographs have been discovered.
Amelia Earhart, born on this day 115 years ago in Atchison, Kansas, is being honored with a Google Doodle today.
More than 75 years after she went missing, Earhart's legacy remains. The aviation pioneer, who was the first female pilot to cross the Atlantic Ocean, continues to make lasting impressions on people all over the world.
CMG Worldwide's CEO Mark Roesler, said: "Amelia's career endeavors, and her image as the most renowned female aviator, personifies the spirit of adventure that is so indispensable to the American persona. Her legacy is timeless and will never go out of style. She is one of our top requested clients to use in a variety of marketing programs."
These programs include major advertising campaigns for companies like UBS Bank and Leisure Merchandising Company's designer luggage. Brad Meltzer, the founder of Ordinary People Change the World T-shirt line, created an Earhart T-shirt with her inspirational message on the back of the shirt: "I know no bounds." Other licensing deals include working with The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on an Amelia Earhart exhibition that runs through May 27, 2013.
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Pictured is a Korean ad that will appear in a number of trade magazines prior to the end of this year.
This ad makes reference to an apparel company called, "Hansae" and it says "Just like Amelia Earhart, who crossed the Atlantic Ocean as the first female pilot, Hansae will be a fashion enterprise, unafraid of challenges".
Tantalizing new clues are surfacing in the Amelia Earhart mystery, according to researchers scouring a remote South Pacific island believed to be the final resting place of the legendary aviatrix.
Three pieces of a pocket knife and fragments of what might be a broken cosmetic glass jar are adding new evidence that Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan landed and eventually died as castaways on Nikumaroro, an uninhabited tropical island in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati. The island was some 300 miles southeast of their target destination, Howland Island.
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue Libraries' Division of Archives and Special Collections has opened a display for the world's largest collection of papers, memorabilia and artifacts related to Amelia Earhart, the pioneer pilot who paved new paths for women at the university and in society.
"Amelia Earhart: The Aviator, the Advocate, and the Icon" opened Monday (March 1) and will be shown through May 28 in the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center on the fourth floor of the Humanities, Social Science and Education Library in Stewart Center. The display is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each weekday. Beginning May 10, shortened summer hours will be in effect.
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A large two-panel mural featuring Amelia Earhart and other well-known pioneers, who made in impact on Indiana's transportation, is being installed this week in the Indianapolis Airport.
A three-dimensional, 8 ft. molded statue of Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, will be bolted onto the mural.
Besides Earhart, the mural depicts the stories of Lewis & Clark, Major Taylor, Native Americans, African-Americans, Irish immigrants and women who shaped the state's transportation.
The mural was created by New Orleans artist, Marcus Akinlana. It can be found on the ground level in the baggage claim area of the airport's Col. H. Weir Cook Terminal.
By Victoria Mitchell
Published on Sunday, November 15, 2009 8:39 AM MST
A journey that started in the days of Amelia Earhart was continued by the Tucson Ninety-Nines on Nov. 7.
In 1929, an international organization for women pilots was formed in Long Island, N.Y. Amelia Earhart was the first president elected. It was called The Ninety-Nines after the number of founding members.
Earhart would have been proud of the group of women pilots who belong to the Tucson chapter of The Ninety-Nines. The group participated in the annual Treasure Hunt in the Sky. The pilots and their team of two or more crew members took off Saturday morning from Tucson International, which was the first municipal airport opened in the nation. Earhart was there for the opening.
The challenge for the pilots and their crew in the treasure hunt was to test their piloting and navigation skills while flying a course around southern Arizona following a map and finding clues to fill in on a clue sheet.
Halfway through the contest, the ladies arrived at a “secret airport” for a spot-landing contest and lunch. The Safford Regional Airport was reserved for this event.
Pilot Connie Nicholson of Oro Valley has been flying for three decades. She and her 14-year-old daughter, Cecilia, flew a 1979 Piper Cherokee 6 in the contest. Nicholson said flying is something she and her daughter enjoy together. "We do a lot of laughing," Nicholson said.
Cecilia plans to start earning hours for her pilot’s license next year. There are three milestones for a pilot: to get licensed, fly solo and fly with the first passenger. Nicholson also stressed the importance of yearly inspection and maintenance of each plane.
Colleen Crabtree flew a Bellanca Super Viking with her husband, Scott, and their young daughters, Anna and Elisa, as passengers. Scott is in the Air Force, stationed at Davis Monthan Air Force Base. Colleen was also in the Air Force and says she is “currently doing the stay-at-home-mom thing.”
After lunch, the group was busy filling in their clue sheets and preparing for the return flight to Tucson International.
Prizes and trophies were awarded at a banquet in Tucson that evening for those finding the most clues.
Only 6 percent of pilots in the United States are women. There are other female pilot organizations, but virtually all women of achievement in aviation have been or are members of The Ninety-Nines, according to the organization.
The mission of the organization is to maintain the fellowship that Amelia Earhart created back in her day. The organization now encompasses 35 countries and has 5,500 members. All proceeds from the organization go toward aviation scholarships for women.
What happened to Amelia Earhart?
Although that remains a mystery to this day, she is remembered as a great pioneer for women pilots.
Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared July 2, 1937, while making their second attempt to navigate the globe. The pair left New Guinea and were headed for Howland Island when communication was lost. Airstrips were built in the late 1930s to accommodate her planned stopover. Earhart experienced technical difficulties as they approached Howland Island. There are several theories about what happened – ranging from a damaged antenna to confusion on Earhart’s part.
Whatever happened, Earhart and Noonan missed the island and began to run low on fuel. Soon after, the plane crashed. Earhart tried to inform rescuers of her location. Transmissions continued for a few days after they crashed, but rescuers could not use them to find the plane’s location.
The United States Navy joined the search, mainly focusing on the Pacific Ocean, but turned up nothing. There was some evidence of a crash on Gardner Island, a nearby island now called Nikumaroro, but since the island was considered uninhabited, it was discounted. After the official search ended, Earhart’s husband, George Putnam, continued searching on his own. Eventually he gave up and had her declared dead in 1939.
Recently, the skeleton of a Caucasion woman, the heel of a boot in Earhart’s size, an aluminum panel, plexiglass and makeshift tools were found on Gardner Island. This provided circumstantial evidence that indicates a crash and attempts at survival. Unfortunately, the skeletal remains that were found have been lost.
The matter of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance will remain a mystery until her remains are found and identified. Until then, there is only speculation.
A look at facts, her flight, and of course all of the fame
Issue date: 11/11/09 Section: Life
(some of the following information collected from MCT)
Amelia Earhart was a strong, successful woman and really a pioneer for women. She never allowed anyone to tell her she could not accomplish what she had put her mind to.
As most everyone knows Amelia is known for her dedicaiton to flying and her final flight. The last flight she ever took was attempting to fly around the world. She knew that no one had ever successfuly done it, but she just figured she'd be the first.
She disappeared during her trip never to be heard from again, but that single attempt made her a role model for young girls for years to come.
In 1932, she was the first woman to ever fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. In additon, she was the first female to ever receive the Airforce Distinguished Flying Cross. Only a few women proceeding her have been able to receive the same honor.
Amelia is easy to identify with her cropped hair, which was almost unheard of at that time, tomboy appearances, and usually alwalys pictured around an airplane or on a runway. She also always had on a leather flight jacket which would keep her warm during flights in her small aircraft.
Airstrips, also known as the runway, were not the only thing she was known for during her time period.
Amelia was in the news for more than her flight though. She appeared in fashion spreads, was pals with Eleanor Roosevelt, even hawked her own line of clothing _ and (unlike today's celebs with fashion labels) actually made it with her own sewing machine.
Her clothing line was a complete failure, but to make ends meet she decided to sell things she had used, or at least claimed to have used or worn, to fans.
People could not seem to get enough of her memorablia before she had even made her incredible attempt at flying around the world.
"She was very aware of the power of publicity ... and understood that flying alone wasn't going to keep her in the public eye," notes Dorothy S. Cochrane, a curator at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
A new film about Earhart, starring Hilary Swank, hit theaters last weekend, and designers and store owners were ready.
The movie just refreshed everyone's memories of learning about Amelia. The movie also provides an avenue for the younger generations to be able to experience Amelia's life through Hilary Swank, who does an excellent job playing the part.
There are very few, one main news cast, where future generations have been able to experience Amelia as she was instead of just looking at pictures.
Earhart's iconic flight jacket, along with aviation-inspired accessories, seem to be everywhere, including Bloomingdale's in Manhattan, where the film's costumes are on display.
Clearly, Earhart's legend lies not just in her mysterious disappearance, but in her stylish presence, too.
"Now the plain truth about flight jackets, Aviators had various leather coats during their careers," notes Dorothy S. Cochrane, a curator for the Smithsonian Institution, which has this genuine Earhart coat on display.
"It was really cold in those planes, so most flying before World War II was done in three-quarter-length jackets," says Jacky Clyman, co-owner of Cockpit USA, which makes replicas of vintage flight gear and sponsors the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport in Farmingdale.
World War II fighter planes had smaller cockpits, so jackets became cropped. "It wasn't a fashion statement," Clyman says. Long coats would "bunch up and prevent you from flying the plane correctly."
So before running out and buying a flight jacket just to keep up with the trends, stop and think about what this powerful woman accomplished. She made it three-quarters of the way around the world by herself. She set the stage for women, not only in the aviaton fields, but any field to fulfill their dreams. She made women realize that if they are determined and confident they do not have to listen to all the no's, but only to their own personal determination to say yes.