of Old Technology - A Museum in the Making
Perspectives on Our History
Queens in Flight:
From Balloons to Seaplanes to Space Shuttles
Benjamin Rosenthal Library / Queens College - CUNY
Barham Rotunda and 2nd Floor display cases (outside RO 230 / Auditorium)
he mission of Voices of
Old Technology - A Museum in the Making is to enhance the educational
experience at Queens College through an interdisciplinary approach to the
exploration of technology development.
To accomplish this,
of Old Technology collects, preserves, documents,
displays and interprets
selected technologies and related materials. The collection
but is not limited to, office and educational technology. Related items
collected from Queens College, CUNY and local sources highlight the
of the College, the University and the community as well. Our exhibit catalogs
are designed for the web, and a click on a catalog image provides an
enlargement. [More About Voices of Old Technology] [Previous Exhibits]
This exhibit is in the
Barham Rotunda of the Rosenthal Library, and continues to the display
cases outside Rosenthal 230, the auditorium on the 2nd floor of
the Library. To get to the 2nd floor display cases, go to the
Library's cafe area and take the elevator or the stairs down to the 2nd floor.
Upstairs: Far Right - Separate Display Case
In A Different Light
Poster from October 2002
Voices of Old Technology Alumni Day Exhibit
This poster is from one of our “Voices of Old Technology…” exhibits in
2002. Among our goals for all our exhibits and programs is to
show “perspectives on our history through technology,” and to show this
history “in a different light.”
In our current exhibit, “Queens
in Flight…,” we try to accomplish this by
filling in some of the faces of aviation through local places, events and voices.
We hope our exhibits make you think – about creativity and invention, history,
technology development, education and how YOU can help shape the future.
Aviator's Helmet and Goggles
Helmet and Goggles - On Loan From Steve Barto
Displayed on hairdresser head
Amelia Earhart - The Mystery Solved, by Elgen M. Long and Marie K. Long, Touchstone, NY, 1999.
A photo of Amelia Earhart in her aviator's helmet is on the
cover. Amelia Earhart disappeared in 1937, the year Queens
College was founded. Mary Earhart Dillon, a QC faculty member of
the 1950s, is believed to be related to her in some way. See the book cover photo at http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0684860066/ref=sib_dp_pt/002-1363937-9024029#reader-link.
From the QC Crown - December 5, 1944 / Copy of Article from the QC Archives
2nd Lt. Albert DiPaola, QC class of 1944 - in England, shown in his aviator's helmet.
Around the World in 80 Minutes / First American in Orbit/ Astronaut John Glenn / Welcome Back to Earth
John Glenn in his space helmet.
Frommer's The Moon - A Guide for First Time Visitors, Werner Kum Ustenmacher, Peter Constantine, Werner Kustenmacher, Macmillan, 1999.
A tourist in space suit - carrying a suitcase - is on the cover. This book makes travel to the moon seem not so far away!
Lunar Module Model
Lunar Module manufactured by Grumman
Model on loan from Steve Barto
More on the module at http://www.bethpagecommunity.com/Grumman/lm.htm and at http://www.libn.com/libnat50.cfm?id=4277 , in an article "1969 - Grumman engineers america's first step."
NASA Space Shuttle Model - Discovery
Upstairs: Title Panel - Center Case
Pick a field – any field - and you’ll find many
landmark dates and exciting times in technology development and education, with
Queens College and Queens people heavily involved.
“Queens in Flight…” amplifies the VOICES and FACES of
local aviation history by highlighting stories of creativity, technology
development and the lure and excitement of flight. This latest exhibit by “Voices of Old
Technology – A Museum in the Making” shares:
We hope this exhibit helps you rediscover some of that
childhood joy and wonder as you see and hear the ever-changing patterns of
flight over campus.
- Stories of local residents, QC alums, faculty, staff
- Little known aspects of development of a few local
companies and airports;
- Local approaches to encouraging excitement and
creativity, and the development of talent in the field;
- Perspectives on common themes in the development and
growth of new technologies.
It is especially fitting that this exhibit is at QC
and is in the Benjamin Rosenthal Library, which was named in memory of Queens
Congressman Benjamin Rosenthal. Among
Congressman Rosenthal’s focal interests were airport safety and the reduction
of aviation-related noise levels in the community.
Three local pictures - taken in 2004 from Whitestone Expressway near Flushing Airport
1) "Welcome to New York" sign in the grass at La Guardia Airport - parts of 2 planes frame the sign.
2) Traffic Sign on Whitestone Expressway - arrows to Kennedy Airport and to La Guardia Airport.
3) QC's Fitzgerald Gym with plane overhead - the gym was built in a style popular at the time, resmbling an airport hangar.
Report from Congressman Benjamin Rosenthal - July 1977
Update on Flushing Airport issues.
City Will Develop Airport
in Queens. From The New York Times, April 22, 1937.
Hot Air Balloon at QC - 1976
actions and discussions by the Sinking Fund Commission, including plans for
“the improvement of North Beach Airport in Queens so that it could be used
as a transatlantic seaplane base.” The
last paragraph is as follows: “Before adjourning, the commission approved the
surrender of the Parental School site in Flushing which will be used by the
Board of Higher Education for the new Queens College.”
Two items from the QC Newsbeat, a student paper
Copies from the QC Archives
1) Ad: Hot Air Ballonist / May 4, 1976 / See a 70 ft balloon take off and land at qc
QC Newsbeat, May 3, 1976
2) Photo with caption: Up up and away - almost --- / ballonist tried but couldn't make it off the ground
QC Newsbeat, May 10, 1976
Photo of Orange 1939 Piper Cub
- Excerpt from the class history, QC Silhouette
- January 1944, p. 40.
- Flyer Finds Terra Firma. From the QC Crown, September 21, 1943
. Copy from the QC Archives.
of a 1939 Piper Cub – taken from slide in the QC Archives; from a Class of 1943
alumni slide show. Information here
about the plane is from a CD obtained from the FAA. We believe these two stories may be about the
orange Piper Cub in the photo and its landing on the QC campus.
Photo of Rosenthal Library with Plane Flying Overhead - on way to lag Guardia Airport
A beautiful and common site!
Photo of Rose Balaban Stodola - music major QC '44 - and husband "King" stodola next to their plane
Rose considers herself a real Rosie the Riveter - because of her name
and because of the work she did after graduation at
Grumman. Her husband was part of the Army group that won
recognition for bouncing radar signals off the moon in the 1940s.
To Seek Pilot Licences –
26 at Brooklyn, City and Queens Colleges to Take CAA Course. From The New York Times, June
Picture of Tony Bennett - at one of QC Armed Forces Day programs in the 1950s
session course of seventy-two hours of ground school instruction at the School of Technology at City College and an additional
thrity-five to fifty hours of flight instruction at Roosevelt Field…” Not
Copy of photo in QC archives
A local celebrity, Tony Bennett lived in Astoria. Pictured on
campus (behind D and E? --- Delany and Colwin now) in a part of a plane
provided by Republic for the event.
Mary Earhart Dillon
- part of QC Bulletin for 1950-1951 / showing entry for her as an Assiistant Professor in Political Science
- Dr. Dillon's short bio on back comver of her book Wendel Wilke
Earhart Dillon became Chair of QC’s Political Science Department. Stories
told by some who were on campus at the time indicate she was a sister
of Amelia Earhart.
- Aeronautical Training Film
Donated by QC Office of Information Technology /Media Services - Fall 2003
This 16mm film was part of the Media Services collection until
Fall 2003. It may have been used as a
training film in
the ASTP (Army Specialized Training Program) that was on
the QC campus during WWII. Tape on the
lid indicated the
film included training pieces as well as a cartoon.
True Airspeed Computer / AC type G1 / by Sillcocks-Miller company
On loan from Helene Guidice
This "computer" is round with manually operated dials, and is not a computer in the sense we use the word today.
and Decker – ¼” Electric Drill
“Home Utility ¼” Electric Drill – Cat. No. HU-1”
by Studio Art Department – Fall 2004
WWII, many of our women alums and students with unlikely majors went to
work in Long
aviation industry. The image on this tag
is of a woman
a similar drill at http://www.oddballfilm.com/low_archive/images14_main.html
a caption “Rosie the Riviter [sic]– Era 1940s – Manufacturing – War.” The term “Rosie
the Riveter” was used for the many women who took industrial jobs during WWII that
were previously open only to men; the jobs became vacant when the men went to
became critical to “the war effort.”
to the Black and Decker website, at http://www.blackanddecker.co.uk/about.asp?mktid=2&lid=1&about=&ToolSection= “The
one-millionth 1/4" Home Utility drill came off the assembly line” in 1950. "
Plane Model - Republic Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt "Warthog"
USAF ground attack jet - 1970s to present
On loan from Steve Barto - Example of planes made on Long Island
Plane Model - Grumman F-14 Tomcat
US Navy Jet Fighter - 1970s to present
On loan from Steve Barto - Example of planes made on Long Island
Balsa wood plane - Guillow's Sky Streak
2004 - With rubber band
Kids used to assemble and fly light weight balsa wood planes like this. It was easy enough for everyone - and fun!
Upstairs: First Case From Left
Upstairs: Second Case From Left
Upstairs: Second Case From Right
Upstairs: Far Right Case
Space Launch Memorabilia
On loan from Joe Brostek
Joe Brostek, QC '55 and current QC Director of Special Events and Alumni Affairs, had
some exciting times in public relations with both Continental Can and
RCA. His Apollo 11 promotion for Continental Can, as well as space
launch memorabilia from his job at RCA are in the exhibit.
Airline Ordered to Hire A Negro, NY
Times, March 10, 1960.
"The State Commission against
discrimination has ordered Capital Airlines, which serves many of the
Southern cities, to abandon a policy of barring Negroes from flying
jobs... (and) directs the airline to hire its first Negro stewardess, a
22 year old Jamaica, Queens woman." The woman is Patricia Banks,
identified in the article as a "Queens College evening student." More
in an article about an exhibit on Capital Airlines at http://oha.ci.alexandria.va.us/oha-main/haq/pdfs/haqspr98.pdf .
According to an earlier NY Times article on July 13, 1959 (State Gets Negro's Anti-Bias Charge),
Miss Banks had prepared herself by graduating from a program at Grace
Downs Air Career School in NY; more from the article - the program
"trains hostesses for Capital," and then she was "rejected after an
Grace Downs started
as a modeling school, and later became a modeling and airline career
school. We remember a QC student in the 1970s who was
considering dropping out of QC and moving on to an exciting career by
going to Grace Downs, which by then had moved to Great Neck.
First Day Cover - 60th Anniversary - Tuskegee Airmen, 50th Anniversary Korean War, 100th Anniversary of Flight - July 27, 2003.
Capt. Roscoe Brown, whose plane and signature are on the cover,
distinguished himself in WWII as part of the Tuskegee Airmen, a
segregated unit of the US Army Air Corps. This is the same Dr. Roscoe Brown
who later became President of CUNY's Bronx Community College.
An article in the NY Times of August 21, 1995 is headed For A Black Squadron, an Enemy not German.
Military racism as evidenced by the story of the black pilots who were
called the Tuskegee Airmen is the subject of this article. There was
"almost unendurable pressure to prevent them from flying in combat,"
and only "at the intervention of Eleanor Roosevelt" was the restriction
Downstairs: Standalone Case on Left
With airplanes as with computers, it's what's inside that counts!
Front panel of an etower 400i computer
Formats - Which Will Last Longest?
This is just a panel --- there's nothing inside.
Mark II Flight Control System Joystick
Did you know that the popular joystick was not made for computer games? It was created as an airplane control.
Large tubular container - Radio Shack / Enercell alkaline battery
Design issues related to the
source, efficency, availability, and cost of power apply to aviation as
well as to many other technologies, and can make or break that
can make other formats last longer? Do we convert from format to
format? Do we make all equipment backward compatable? Do we keep
buying new versions? Do we keep all the old equipment going as
long as we can? Are there advantages of one format over another?
Audio Cd: Fly Me to the Moon, Judy Garland
"Let me see what spring is like on Jupiter and Mars..." Sounds wonderful to us!
Book: Tomorrow's World - Space Technology, Max Whitby
Is "Tomorrow's World" of this book now today? What's on the
horizon for tomorrow? It's always exciting to speculate - and sometimes
we may even get it right.
Super 8 movie: Apollo 11- Man on the Moon - Official Nasa Film
Book: The Big Silver Space Shuttle, Ken Wilson-Max, Scholastic Books, David Bennett Books Ltd, 1996.
Boxed Set of 3 vhs vido tapes: The Last Great Adventure
CD-ROM: Encyclopedia of Space and the Universe / Eyewitness: the Ultimate Interactive Guide to Space
Downstairs: Left Side /Wall Mounted Display Case Balloon Sails Over river - New York Times, April 3, 1906
The Wright Brothers flight at Kitty Hawk was 1903. In 1906, there was still great excitement as a manned balloon
flies over river toward Queens and lands safely after 50 minute flight.
"... Wife was anxious to be the first to greet her husband..." and
"...automobiles crossed on a ferry to Astoria" so "they were on the
spot when the ball came to earth."
Auto and Aero Clubs Now Allied, New York Times, March 28, 1909
"...Following the Paris plan..."
Hudson Fulton Celebration
High Frontier - The History of Aeronautics in Pennsylvania, William F. Trimble.
Postcard - 1909,Valentine Sons Pub Co., New York.
Postcard commemorating the major celebration in New York City in 1909,
celebrating anniversaries of two major events - one related to the
Hudson River, and the other related to the steamboat.
Photo of Wilbur Wright over Governor's Island, 1909. From The World as it Was – 1865-1921 – A
Photographic Portrait from the Keystone Mast Collection, Margarett Loke, editor,
Summitt Books, NY, 1980, p.
one of the historic flights during the September 1909 Hudson-Fulton
Celebration in New York Harbor. According to the New
York Times of September 30, 1909, Wilbur Wright attached a
canoe to his plane for his first flight around NY harbor – are we imagining
it or is the canoe in this picture?
Aeroplane Flies Over the Bay, From the New
York Times, September
“… Balloons traversing the empyrean are no new site
to New Yorkers or anyone else. But the biggest part of New York until yesterday had
never seen the thing itself – a Captain of a real aeroplane lift himself into
the air high enough for millions to see and applaud him. One of the most alluring parts of the
Hudson-Fulton Celebration advertisements had been that the city and its
visitors would have that long-desired opportunity during this celebration. And
yesterday they had it…”
New York City
Postcards with Planes in Background
Bridge, Manhattan Post Card Publishing Co., Inc., N.Y.C.
of Liberty – Pride of New York Harbor, Irving Underhill, N.Y. 360.
of Liberty, Manhattan Post Card Publishing Co., Inc., N.Y.C.
Inventors in other areas are active in the exciting new field of aviation:
Ulysses Grant Scott and The Aeronautic School of Engineers. From The Museum of the City of New York’s website at http://www.mcny.org/Exhibitions/flight/aviation1.htm
15 - The Aeronautic School of Engineers opens at 312 West
53rd St., Henry Winter, founder, Ulysses
Grant Scott, co-founder. Mr. Winter is a
nineteen-year-old aviation enthusiast who has never been off the
ground, and Mr. Scott is an African-American car mechanic
who has made two biplanes by hand, and converts Model
"T" automobile motors to fit airplanes. The school offers practical,
hands-on lessons inbiplane construction in Manhattan year round,
and flying lessons at the Mineola field in warm
Edison Invents His Own Aeroplane,
from The New York Times, December 1, 1910.
“… Every morning I get a stack of letters …from
aeroplane cranks who are worrying their heads off because I have neglected to
manifest an interest in aviation…” He
tells the interviewer he did submit a patent for one “… a long time ago…”
Flying Experts Will Aid the Navy – Edison Organizes then Into the American
Society of Aeronautical Engineers, from The New York Times, July 23, 1915
Airmen Now, Alex G. Bell Urges, From The
New York Times,January
“…Bell, one of the pioneer
experimenters in aeronautics…” asks “How are we going to get these aviators
trained before the occasion comes for their use in war?...We must find use for
them in peace… use the flying machine in the Post Office, where the government can assist us…”
The Astronauts, Dinah L. Moche, 1978.
"A Random House Pictureback." Child's book.
Picture of an orbiter landing - with open drag shute
Picture of an orbiter flying piggyback on another plane
Aren't they pretty?
NYS Aviation Museums / Celebrate Flight Passport in NYS
This NYS Aviation Alliance handout lists many participating aviation museums of all sizes in NYS.
NY Hall of Science - Where Minds Play! (Pennant)
Blast Off! The Sky’s the Limit at the New York Hall of Science - From Queens
Family, October 2004.
The newly refurbished Rocket Park will soon be
ready, The Rocket Park is from the
1964-65 World’s Fair.
Cradle of Aviation Museum - Newsday / Official Visitors Guide
"There's magic in the air!" We think so too!
Video: There Goes a Spaceship
Space Exploration, Boy Scouts of America / Merit Badge Series booklet, 1983. *** 2002 printing of 1995 revision.
Skywriting and Skytyping
It Happened in New York – 1922: Captain Cyril Turner Introduces Skywriting in NYC. From
2004 photo of kiely hall with skytyping above it
Four NY City metro cards - "make the jfk connection / airtrain jfk"
Russian text book with space exploration images on cover
Downstairs: Right Side /Wall Mounted Display Case
More at QC
Puerto Rico Seeks to Curb
Angels to Add Color
Sea Rescue Demo
Will make state aeriel surveys - NYTimes - May 25, 1938
Contract awarded to Aeriel Explorations Inc of LIC and to a Rochester company for aeriel surveys in NYS.
Postcard / Aeriel Photo of Statue of Liberty on Bedloes Island / Ellis Island New York Bay by Aeriel Explorations, Inc
Catalog for A La Carte - A Sampling of Menus / Exhibit in NY Hist Society Reading Room
Cover shows menu of Coffee shop at La G
The Big Plane Trip Video, Time-Life Kids
The Institute for Aviation Safety Flight Handbook and Airport Guide, April 1 - July 31, 1974 Eastern Edition
On loan from Helene Guidice
N B Airport named for curtiss
AFROTC and its meaning
Air Pioneer Killed
Flugshiff Do-X Uber NY
Article Red Cross
Air pioneer killed
Your Flight Questions Answered by a Jetliner Pilot, John Cronin, Plymouth Press ltd, Vermont, 1998.
Song Airplane Model - try me - with sound.
Voices of Old Technology - A
Museum in the Making
for the History of Technology (SHOT)
Curatorial and Aquisitions
Steve Barto, Jeff Castellan, Steve Cohn, Helene Guidice, Ellen Rondot, Jack Verga, and Nancy Williams
Our "Museum in the Making"
is not an official museum of the College.
Still in the "startup" stage, it is a Member, American
Association of Museums (AAM)
Photos in the exhibit are by Syd Lefkoe and Ellen Rondot
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