A **PAIR** of black and white vintage photographs, circa 1948, of one Navion single engine small aircraft, flying over the San Gabriel Mountains behind Claremont, California, the photos by noted Claremont resident and pioneer aerial photographer, ROBERT C. FRAMPTON (1909-1989). One work measures 8 1/2" by 12", and is stamped on the back by the photographer, dated there April 29, 1948, and titled "Over Baldy Range" in Navion 4-48"; the second, larger work measures 15 1/2" by 19 3/4, is signed in ink in a flourishing hand at lower right, and also bears the photographer's stamp, and is dated May 1, 1953. That larger work also has hand-applied red coloring of some of the decorative details on the aircraft. Frampton was born in Claremont to one of the old families, his father the first professor of English at the Claremont College. For decades, Frampton was a familiar face in the town, heavily involved in the early years with pyrotechnics displays, for which he was licensed. By 1944-45 he had opened a studio in town and then he became very involved with photography---the landscape around Claremont, including the mountains which exceed 10,000 feet elevation---and photography of people and local social events, and, notably, aviation. A large collection of these photos now resides in Special Collections at Honnold Library of The Claremont Colleges. Frames are with both photos but the photos will need to be re-mounted as they are now floating. **The upper right corner of the larger image has become detached but is retained**, since the work was originally glued to the board crudely at top corner, and over time the pressure of the sheet becoming loose in the mount, hanging down, caused the separation. This would be hidden by new matting. Lower left corner has slight creasing. See the net for more information on Frampton and his long family ties to historical Claremont, California.
Vintage aerial photography PAIR photographs of 1940's airplanes by noted photographer