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Flygirl: 1918

Flygirl: 1918

Washington, D.C., circa 1918. "Marjorie Stinson, aviatrix. Packard LePere plane." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.


Women Who Fly

I just finished "Women Who Fly" and now I find one of these forgotten pilots here. Thanks for the photo, as there were none in the book.

Fetching Ensemble

Miss Stinson's careful fashion magazine pose and her knowing grin suggest that she had fun mocking the supposed strangeness of being a pretty young woman who was teaching combat flying to the Royal Canadian Flying Corps. The gear she's wearing would have helped her survive the often sub-zero conditions of open-cockpit night flying, but as a friend of mine immediately said when he saw this photo, "Where'd she get her outfit - Frederick's of Duluth?"

Nice touch

I'm betting pinkie rings were not all that commonly worn by women at that time. It gives her a kind of rakish air.


And here I was just thinking that I wanted her shoes.

Sister Marjorie

I think this is Katherine Stinson's younger sister Marjorie.

[I think you're right! Caption changed. Marjorie, not Katherine. - Dave]


Dominatrix, whatever.

DC aviatrix, into leather.

Those shoes look like they belong on someone flying a broomstick.

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