March 07, 2019 12:00 PM EST Cincinnati
Ends March 18, 2019


Collection of Roy N. Francis Photographs of WWI

Lot of 34. Includes fourteen 2 x 3 in. views; eight 3 x 4.25 in. views; and twelve of varying sizes between 3.75 x 6 in. and 8 x 10 in. All are Roy N. Francis photographs, with his son's stamp and facsimile signature except one commercially produced postcard (delivering the mail over Chautauqua Lake). They are also stamped "Francis Aero Collection." Most of the Francis images have captions in the negatives.

USS Rambler with Anti-Sub gun and Depth Bombs at Brest; French Tank Leading an Attack  Along Marne; French "Cauldron" Plane; U.S. Coast Artillery in Action at Lenoncourt (Meuse); Abandoned German "Chasse" Plane; Remains of a Boche (German); Toul - French "Chasse" Plane Ready for Flight; Camoflauged German Battery near Ostend; Capt. Guynemer in "old Charles"; Capt. Guynemer in Full Flight; Machine Gun on Nieuport "Chasse" Plane; American Ambulance Service with French Army; Clemenceau Visiting French Aviation Camp Near Front; Fritz "Fini" Near Belloy (Oise); [image of skeletons, some still in boots]; captured German guns; Marshall Foche and General Pershing at Cheaumont - American G.H.Q. and many more. Some of the larger images have pencil notes on verso, such as "Pershing watching his future fly by" with the General intently watching the sky (3 x 8 image); one with "General Pershing reviewing at Kelly Field 1920 / Please return to Capt. Roy N. Francis San Francisco Muni Airport San Bruno Calif." (4 with same note on verso). 8 x 10 in. aerial view of Hazelhurst Field N.Y., 1919 (became Mitchel AFB).

Capt. Roy Noel Francis (1886-1952) was an early aviator in California. Not only did Francis learn to fly by 1911, he was designing and building his own aircraft. During WWI he became a flying instructor for the Army Air Corps and served as executive officer at Kelly Field in San Antonio, TX. After the war he ran an electrical parts shop and was superintendent of San Francisco Airport for two and a half years. He was active in the American Legion and many Aero Clubs around the nation.


Most in very good condition. One with a corner missing, a couple others with small stains.

Estimate: $75 - $150
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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