Sunday, 22 January 2017

Homage to History's Forgotten Women Aviators

Before Amelia Earhart, three female pilots attempted the transatlantic journey made famous by Charles Lindbergh.

Elsie Mackay was a British actress, interior decorator and pioneering aviator. Mabel Boll, known as the Queen of Diamonds, was an American socialite. And Ruth Elder, a beauty pageant contestant, used her winnings for flying lessons and became the preeminent American girl of the sky.

I have represented two of the women as I imagined them back in the 1920s, and the third is up in the sky!


  1. Good to remind us on women´s power!!!

    1. Yes. Beautiful as well as powerful. ;)

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    1. Thanks Ron. The face of a woman is from a piece of vintage sheet music and the beauty wrapped in fur is actually a Ziegfeld Follies girl. But they were of the correct era to portray our fabulous flying women.

    2. Correction: Ziegfeld Girl is not wrapped in fur...that is a shawl!

  3. I'm flying with that vixen on the left, CC...nice work and a little history, to boot!