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For sale: VERONA CONCORSI AERE 20-30 MAGGIO 1910 -CONCOURS AERIENS DE VERONE 20-30 MAI 191

VERONA CONCORSI AERE 20-30 MAGGIO 1910 -CONCOURS AERIENS DE VERONE 20-30 MAI 191

Antique vintage posters from MAZZA Aldo
( 1880 - 1964 )

Asking reference: 12170
Printer, Edition, Brands, Fondeur : CHAPPUIS BOLOGNA
Creation date: 1910
Size: 39 X 76.6 (inches) / 99.0 x 194.5 (cm)
Condition backing / Material :Linen (backed on acid-free paper and cotton canvas)
Condition: A- ( fine )
Price: On demand
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Very Rare Italian Airplane vintage poster.

Verona is the capital of the northern Italian province of the same name, at the foot of the Alps and straddling the meandering river Adige. It's a town with a rich history, with a famous Roman amphitheatre, and the scene of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet". In 1910 it had a population of around 80,000. It was a military town and an important railway junction, with an economy mainly based on wine, other agricultural products and textiles.

Verona was the home town of Italy's first aviator Mario Calderara and it hosted two important international aviation conferences in May and June of 1910, one about aerial navigation and one about legal aspects of aviation. Therefore it was decided to organize an aviation meeting to be held immediately before the conferences. Sanction was granted by the Italian Aero Club and an executive committee was formed, comprising Eugenio Gallizioli, mayor of Verona, Carlo De Stefani, president, and count Tito Murari Dalla Corte Bra, secretary. A suitable site was found at the Piazza d'Armi, a military exercise ground immediately outside the city walls, two kilometres southwest of the city centre.

A prize fund of 200,000 lire (the same amount in French francs) was raised, with 40,000 reserved for an airship race to Vicenza and back that eventually was cancelled because there were no entrants. It was a relatively big purse and attracted a field of eight pilots, including some top foreign flyers:

  • Bartolomeo Cattaneo (Italy), Blériot
  • Jorge Chávez (Peru), Farman
  • Léon Cheuret (France), Farman
  • Arthur Duray (Belgium), Farman
  • Michel Efimoff (Russia), Farman
  • Gijs Küller (Netherlands), Antoinette
  • Léon Molon (France), Blériot
  • Louis Paulhan (France), Farman

The most famous of the entrants was Louis Paulhan, to whom the local newspaper "Arena" devoted an entire first page before the meeting. He was then at the peak of his fame. He held the world altitude record since the Los Angeles meeting, which was the start of his long US tour. He had less than a month earlier spectacularly beaten Claude Grahame-White to the big "Daily Mail" prize for the first flight between London and Manchester, and he came directly from the successful meeting in Lyon. Molon, Duray and Küller, and particularly Efimoff and Chávez, were all experienced performers. Cheuret and Cattaneo were relative newcomers, but the latter came directly from a successful tour to Odessa.

Four other pilots had figured during the preparations for the meeting, but didn't appear: René Métrot had wrecked his Voisin and broken his nose at the Lyon meeting and didn't turn up. Clemente Ravetto had wrecked his machine when he flew into telephone lines at the Palermo meeting. Italian Carlo Pizzagalli was still training at the Voisin school in France and nothing is known of the mysterious "Buzis" on a "Hoherstein" machine, who appeared in an early list of entrants.

The schedule of flights was more or less the same on most days: first the daily speed competition, then a period of free flights for the daily totalisation prize, then either the take-off or passenger flight contests and finally the daily altitude contest. In order to encourage flights in all contests the pilots were penalized by two kilometres of flight distance in the "Gran Premio della Totalizzazione delle Distanze" for each of the daily events they didn't participate in.

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