The Purple Shirt Award started in the beginning of 2014 as a way for all of us to showcase the treasures of Special Collections and University Archives that we come across during routine reference and processing. Staff members can bring one item to each monthly departmental meeting and then we vote on a favorite. The winner gets bragging rights and the Purple Shirt automaton to display at his or her desk for the rest of the month.
Here’s one of our winning submissions from February with a BONUS picture from the same collection that won at an earlier meeting. These submissions are both from the Maps department and are from the Kuhlman Chicago Area Photo Services (CAPS) Collection of prints and negatives.
This first photo is a close up of the plan used to take the pictures. Our maps librarian, Becky Lowery, has identified it as a Curtin JN model from 1925 (otherwise known as a Jenny).
This was our winning shot! Who doesn’t love a dog pilot? The picture is dated June 26, 1925.
The above shot is from the same project, but obviously much later. Unfortunately we do not have a date or an exact location – does this look familiar to anyone out there?