Lot #3693
Charles 'Speed' Holman

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Estimate: $400+


Famed daredevil and airmail pilot (1898-1931) who lived and died pursuing his passion in the 'glory days' of aviation in the 1920s and early 1930s. Holman, the first pilot hired by Northwest Airways, established innumerable aviation records before dying in a crash in front of 20,000 spectators at an airshow in Nebraska in 1931. Handsome display featuring three items signed by Charles 'Speed' Holman: a matte-finish 7 x 9 portrait of him in his airplane, signed and inscribed in fountain pen, "To My Good Friend Ralph Rugh, with best wishes, Chas. W. Holman, 2/10/30"; an airmail cover featuring the famed Northwest Airways logo, signed in fountain pen, "Chas. W. Holman"; and a picture postcard of the Laird-Speedwing 'Solution' racing airplane that Holman flew in breaking many records, signed in fountain pen, "Chas. W. Holman, Nov. 7, 1930." Also includes an unsigned pamphlet for the 1930 National Air Races. Matted and framed together to an overall size of 17 x 17. In fine condition, with light silvering to the darker areas of the portrait.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Space
  • Dates: #607 - Ended April 22, 2021