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Sunbeam T-9 Toaster, 1939
The T-9 toaster with streamlined styling and etched decoration was a popular toaster.
Texaco Travel Air Model R, 1/12th Scale
The Washington, DC Community Center for Boys sponsored model-building contests in the 1930s. This Travel Air Racer model was entered in 1931.
The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad’s Pioneer Zephyr
In the 1930s, the Pioneer Zephyr was the most famous streamlined train in the United States.
The American Interplanetary Society’s First Successful Launch
The American Interplanetary Society’s first successful launch, of the rocket AIS #2 (also known as ARS #2) on Staten Island, May 14, 1933.
The Emergence of Private Flying
More than 7,000 new private aircraft were produced in 1939 as interest in aviation took off.
The Mackay Trophy
Clarence H. Mackay commissioned the Mackay Army Aviation Cup in 1911 to recognize the “most meritorious flight” of the year in military aviation.
The Schneider Trophy
The Schneider Trophy was an Art Noveau sculpture representing Zephyr, Greek God of the Western Wind, kissing the Spirit of the Waves.
The “Suicide Squad” in California
The Caltech group at Arroyo Seco, California, 1936. Some of its members later formed the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.