Dagenham Girl Pipers, An aeroplane journey

Object number

LDVAL 2005.38.1

Date

after 1932 – before 1934

Description

B/W photographic postcard showing the Dagenham Girl Pipers playing, in formation, in front of an airplane. The plane is a 3 engined high-wing aircraft run by "British Air Navigation Co Ltd, London" (B.A.N.CO.) (Emblazoned across the side of the plane). It is a Ford Trimotor 4-AT, produced between 1926 and 1933 in America, designed to carry between 8 and 15 passengers or cargo. The British Air Navigation Co Ltd was formed in 1932 as a domestic and European Scheduled airline flying mostly experimental routes from London's Heston aerodrome. The company ceased to operate in 1934. The plane in the picture has the name "Vagabond" painted on its side. The postcard is unused.

Conditions governing reproduction

Graves, J. W.

Physical description

Black and white photograph of 11 girl pipers in full costume standing in formation in front of a plane, slightly right of center. Four of the pipers are partly obscures by standing behind the piper in front. They are posed as if playing their bag pipes. The group includes a drum major on the far right and pipe major on the far left. There is also a gentleman in full Scottish costume on the far left. This could be Mr. Cameron. The pipers and the plane take up most of the frame, and very little landscape in the background can be seen.

Condition

Good

Notes

The image on this postcard is very similar to that on the lid of LDVAL 2004.18.1

Type

postcard

Size

Whole length: 139.5mm
width: 88.5mm

Collection type

Social history

Inscription

Inscription Printed On bottom front: DAGENHAM GIRL PIPERS, AN AEROPLANE JOURNEY / Copyright: / J. W. Graves, Dagenham
Stamp Stamped On top reverse: POST CARD / BRITISH MADE / CORRESPONDENCE / ADDRESS ONLY

Alternative reference

Entry Number 1589 (2005-10-05)

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Metadata
Start dateafter 1932
End datebefore 1934
InstitutionValence House Museum
Typepostcard
Collection typeSocial history