New York: Captain Thomas S. Baldwin, [ca. 1906]. First edition. Originsl pictorial pink wrappers, scant 6 x 3.25 inches, 16 pages. A little soiled and worn, wrappers a little sunned; a very good copy. Item #18909
“I have no secrets, but am anxious to promote and give to the world my knowledge of aeronautics and airshipping. I manufacture and have for sale balloons and airships with complete accesories.” A promotional brochure from “the Father of the American Dirigible” with strange echoes of patent medicine almanacs, this largely a series of folk weather facts padded out by contemporary press notices and correspondence attesting to the entertainment and utility of Baldwin’s California Arrow airship. Baldwin’s pioneering dirigible was a hit at the St. Louis World’s Fair and the Lewis & Clark Centennial Exposition in Portland; the publicity and performance both eventually resulted in military contracts. Not found on OCLC.