Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Photos from Will Blunt Part Two

Hello everyone! I'm adding more photos from the archives of Will Blunt today. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Photos from Will Blunt Part One

Hello everyone, I'm pleased to add some photos today that were produced by Will Blunt, a man with a vast archive of airliner photos/slides, all of which are available on EBay. Will's username on EBay is gmservice should you want to search for his photos. I've known Mr. Blunt for a few years now, once meeting him at an ORD Airliner's Show, and he's a truly nice man! Today's posting's are DC-3's, with more coming soon! Enjoy the photos...

Friday, September 25, 2009


I was sent a wonderful photo of '728' at the MSP General Offices Hangar and wanted to share with everyone. Enjoy! Simply click on the photo to enlarge for better viewing...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Dr. Charles Quarles Part Seven...Final

Hello everyone! I've returned from a weekend trip and am posting more of The Quarle's Collection today. This will be the final posting of this series and I'm happy that Dr. Quarles shared this with all of us. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Dr. Charles Quarles Part Six

Hello everyone! Here are a few more photos of the collection, with emphasis on many of the Stewardess/Flight Attendant uniforms...enjoy!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Dr. Charles Quarles Part Five

Hello everyone! Today's posting is quite a treat; rare North Central and Wisconsin Central Airlines' photographs! I discovered these gems in Dr. Quarles' collection and he was happy to copy them for me to share with all.

Two of the photos were taken inside of a DC-3, most likely as promotional material for the new 'Stewardesses.' Another photo is from the interior of a Convair 340 or 440, with a full meal being served. Check out the food! Finally, a promotional photo of two 'Stews' for Wisconsin Central, that, as we know, didn't occur until after the name change to North Central in 1952. Check out their 'Hermanized' uniforms!

Enjoy and thank you again to Dr. Quarles for providing these for us. :)

Simply click on each photo to enlarge for better viewing.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Dr. Charles Quarles Part Four

Hello everyone! Today's posting will focus on a few of the North Central Airlines' items that Charles has displayed throughout his collection. Of note is the recent acquisition of an all metal NOR DC-3! Enjoy!

Simply click on any photo to enlarge for better viewing.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Dr. Charles Quarles Part Three

Here are a few more photos as one walks through the collection...North Central items are coming up shortly! :)(Although, if you look very closely, you'll notice a North Central DC-9 in one of these photos).

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Dr. Charles Quarles Part Two

For those of us out there that are collectors of airline and aviation material, a trip through the collection of Dr. Charles Quarles is a virtual dreamland. Even those that aren't would be quite impressed! Impressed in it's content, variation and scale. Not only is the collection a testament to years past but a true vision into the days of aviation and airlines long gone...along with it's glamour and service!

I was formally introduced to Dr. Quarles at the Spring 2009 ORD Show where we struck up a conversation (I'd heard his name before!) about North Central Airlines and Herman. Through that initial meeting, I was invited to see his amazing collection in North Carolina. With that, I, along with a good friend, spent a weekend with Dr. Quarles viewing, photographing and enjoying the collection which spans the entire width of Charles' climate controlled basement. One can't help but smile and giggle as you descend into the basement where you're greeted with photos, models, brochures and mannequins in 'Stew' uniforms. And that's just the stairs down!

Over the course of September, I'll add more and more postings featuring the collection, including shots of North Central Airlines' items. ENJOY!

Dr. Charles Quarles has been featured in "Collectables Illustrated" magazine, "AIRWAYS" magazine and was videographed by Susan Spencer of CBS News '48 Hours' and CNN. You can also visit his website for more views of the collection at:

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Dr. Charles Quarles...and his amazing collection

Hello everyone! I'll soon be adding a series of postings regarding my recent visit with Dr. Charles Quarles, THE preeminent airline collector of the U.S.! Attached is a single sample of his amazing collection, which includes numerous items from North Central Airlines. Enjoy and check back soon for more postings. :)