Vol. IX, no. 2..........................................WINDOWS ..........................................March 1997 

When Skies Were Young

by Roger Rainwater 

[The Girl Aviators and the Phantom Airship] 

The first exhibit to feature juvenile series books from the Erisman-Odom collection was displayed in the lobby 8 January until 27 February. Entitled, When Skies Were Young: early twentieth century American aviation stories for the young, it highlighted books in which airplanes, flying, or aviation are featured. Beginning very soon after the Wright brothers historic first powered flight, these stories for both girls and boys demonstrate America's immediate romantic attachment to the flying machine. Featuring thirty titles, the exhibit represented such series as Gordon Stuart's Boy Scouts of the Air, Wilbur Lawton's Boy Aviators,  John Langworthy's Bird Boys, and "Franklin W. Dixon's" Ted Scott Flying Stories. 

The exhibit, curated by Coordinator for Special Collections, Roger L Rainwater, featured commentary written by Dr Fred Erisman, Chair of the TCU English Department. Professor Erisman is also one of the founding donors of the collection along with Dr Keith Odom. 

For those of you who may have missed the exhibit while on display in the library, Special Collections staff hope to mount an electronic  version of it on the library's web page in the near future. 



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