Historical

What Did The Tuskegee Airmen Do After WWII?

April 6, 2023

Who were the Tuskegee Airmen? The Tuskegee Airmen were devoted, ambitious young men who volunteered to become the first Black military airmen in the United States of America.1 How did the Tuskegee Airmen get their start? In the late 1930s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his administration debated U.S. involvement in the war in Europe.2…

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How Amelia Earhart Financed Her Expeditions

December 28, 2022

Amelia Earhart is best known for her flying endeavors, but many people don’t know about the fascinating and creative ways she funded her expeditions. Cosmopolitan Editor, Lecturer In 1928, Earhart became aviation editor for Cosmopolitan magazine. Her first article was published in November of that year. In her articles, she answered readers’ questions about aviation…

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Miniature dolls sitting in Pacmin aircraft model next to miniatures cleaning tools and molds

Conservation: Preserving History and Fostering Legacy of the United Air Lines DC-8

September 14, 2022

What is Conservation? According to ICOM (International Council of Museums), conservation includes “all measures and actions aimed at safeguarding tangible cultural heritage while ensuring its accessibility to present and future generations.”1 Additionally, Alisa Eagleston-Cieslewicz, Curator of Conservation at SFO Museum describes conservation as “providing an ethical framework” that guides the decision-making process regarding the treatment of…

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Air New Zealand plane

Evolution of Aircraft Paint and Livery Design

August 31, 2022

Humble Beginnings In the first decades following the invention of the airplane, paint was expensive, heavy, and had poor adherence. For these reasons, airplane manufacturers would leave the exterior of their aircraft bare, or, with minimal markings such as titles or emblems. It wasn’t until after the Second World War that innovations in paint and…

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United Airlines Boeing 377 Stratocruiser Cutaway Model

Miniatures Part II (Collectors Edition)

August 12, 2022

In our quest to uncover the secret to humans’ fascination with miniatures, we explored The Remarkable History of the Miniature. In this installment, we’ll look at the motivations of those perhaps most captivated by miniatures—collectors—and see what they can tell us about our own fascination. Why Do People Collect Miniatures? Nostalgia. Miniatures allow the collector…

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old miniature model of airplane interior with human figures

The Remarkable History of the Miniature

June 24, 2022

Miniatures have fascinated and educated for thousands of years. They are focal points for galleries, museums, private collections, and tradeshow floor rooms. Why do miniatures entrance us, what can they teach us, and what value do they provide? The earliest known miniatures were created over five thousand years ago to be placed in Egyptian tombs.…

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