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Amelia Earhart: 1932

Amelia Earhart: 1932

        Washington, D.C., June 22 -- A slim young aviatrix with wayward locks, Amelia Earhart Putnam, first woman to make a solo flight across the Atlantic, received a supreme award for courage and achievement last night when President Hoover presented her with the first gold medal of the National Geographic Society ever awarded to a woman.

June 1932. Washington, D.C. "Aviator Amelia Earhart Putnam being greeted by Drs. Gilbert Grosvenor, right, and John Oliver la Gorce of the National Geographic Society." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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For 80 Years Ago...

Look how modern Amelia, the aviatrix, looks.
Her hair-style and clothing would be apropos for current day, perhaps with pants instead of a long skirt. Yet, very sleek and modern.

Have at it, plane-spotters

My guess would be a Consolidated Fleetster. With that riveted fuselage and the elliptical rear window, it's for sure not a Lockheed.

Oooh, foreshadowing!

Soon it would be more than just her locks that were wayward.

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