Port-Aviation / Grande Quinzaine de Paris. 1909
RAYMOND TOURNOD Size: 46 3/4 x 62 7/8 in./118.5 x 159.5 cm Affiches E. Bougard, Paris "The propellers had scarcely stopped turning at the world's first great aviation meet at Rheims in August 1909, when an October Fortnight was held at the town of Juvisy's self-styled Port-Aviation some nineteen kilometers south of Paris. Shown in this poster are a high-winged, two-seater Blériot Model XII monoplnae, similar to the machine its inventor had piloted in the first Gordon Bennet race at Rheims six weeks previously, and an early-model Wright biplane preparing to take off. Advertised were several Grands Prix, including those offered by the Paris Municipal Council and the Society for the Encouragement of Aviation. A prize was also offered for slow flying. Public interest in the events was overwhelming. Such enormous crowds engulfed the suburban railway system that at one point the trains broke down"
46 3/4 x 62 7/8 in./118.5 x 159.5 cm
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