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Rare 1909 Postcard

AirShip Race

The Great Allentown Fair

Sept. 21-25, 1090


This vintage postcard has an original stamp and writing on the back.

This postcard will come in a small plastic seal for protection. 


** What is an Airship? **

An airship, dirigible balloon, or blimp is a type of aerostat or lighter-than-air aircraft that can navigate through the air under its power. Aerostats gain their lift from a lifting gas that is less dense than the surrounding air.


** The Great Allentown Fair **

The Allentown Fairgrounds is located at 302 North 17th Street in Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. It hosts the annual Great Allentown Fair in late summer. The fairgrounds, which was established in 1889, is composed of 46 acres and is owned and operated by the Lehigh County Agricultural Society.


** The Great Allentown Fair in the 20th Century **

Between the years 1907 and 1914, airship races became a featured attraction at the fair. In 1909, two airships - one bearing the American flag, the other that of Germany, took off from the fairgrounds, raced down Hamilton Street, circled the Soldiers & Sailors Monument, and returned. The airship bearing the American flag won the race. The following year, pilot Glenn Curtiss took off in his plane, using 19th Street as his runway, and flew over the Allentown Fair, in what was the first known heavier-than-air flight in the Lehigh Valley.

1909 Air Ship Race Postcard

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