Earle Ovington & wife (LOC)

Bain News Service,, publisher.

Earle Ovington & wife

1911 Sept. 7 (date created or published later by Bain)

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title and date from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative.
Photograph shows aviator Earle Lewis Ovington (1877-1839) with his wife Adelaide. Possibly taken in New York at start of the Hearst Transcontinental Flight. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009, 2012)
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Air pilots

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

General information about the Bain Collection is available at hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.ggbain

Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL): hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ggbain.09557

Call Number: LC-B2- 2265-1

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4 Responses to Earle Ovington & wife (LOC)

  1. Cassies grandma says:


  2. Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) says:

    I have found his date of birth and middle name from a passenger list, and added it to the Wikipedia entry. According to the 1930 US census he was married to "Adeliade", and they married in 1907. In 1930 he listed his job as a "land subdivider" in Santa Barbara, California. In a few more days I can have Adeliade’s maiden name if they married in Illinois. I found his son: Earle Kester Ovington (1912-2006) using the census and the Social Security Death index. Too bad we didn’t start this a few years earlier and talk to his son. For several other articles in Wikipedia I found the children alive and had them scan photos and send me a copy of the death certificate and I recorded their memories. I interviewed 5 people so far for other entries. I just got his death date from his obituary. See the Wikipedia entry for the new details. I have added them there.

    Has the LOC considered setting up an oral history project to go along with these photos?

    Earle Lewis Ovington (December 20, 1879 – 1936) was an American aeronautical engineer, aviator and inventor, and served as a lab assistant to Thomas Edison. Ovington piloted the first official airmail flight in the US in 1911, from Garden City, New York to Mineola, New York. He delivered 640 letters and 1,280 postcards, including a letter to himself from the United States Postal Service designating him as "Official Air Mail Pilot #1."


  3. Cassies grandma says:

    Great research. Thanks for all the effort

  4. Wystan says:

    Other Bain/LOC photos of Earle Ovington, the first U. S. Airmail pilot:

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