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[Photo Album of the Development of an Aviation Engine]

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[Photo Album of the Development of an Aviation Engine]

200.00

A technical assembly of photos capturing the build and testing of a 4-cylinder, horizontally opposed aircraft engine and its components by presumed employees of the Century Motors Corporation of Detroit, a subsidiary of the enterprises of William Bushnell Stout (1880-1956), a pioneering American inventor and designer who appears in at least five of the photographs.

The engine in these images bears an uncommonly sleek design. Its likely aluminum construction boasts a cylindrical crankcase and strikingly clean lines. And while no specific project is identified, Stout was deeply invested in developing aircraft motors for use in passenger cars about the time these photos were taken (1941 according to visible license plates).

Stout is perhaps most well-known for his experimental Stout Scarab, a futuristic, rear-engine vehicle and precursor to the modern mini-van. A commercial failure unheralded during his lifetime (only nine are known to have been produced), the Scarab is now considered an important and ambitious achievement in Art Deco-period design, and a technical marvel, influenced by and developed in-step with, the Dymaxion Car of Buckminster Fuller. Stout’s own Scarab, which he kept as a daily driver, is shown prominently in one of the photographs. 

Though our grasp of this item is admittedly less than firm, the photographs undeniably compose a detailed glimpse into the process of an important and innovative figure in 20th Century American automotive and aviation design. 

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STOUT, William Bushnell : [Automobilia] : [Aviation] : [Inventors]. [William Bushnell Stout Photo Album Folder]. [Detroit, Michigan]: [ca. 1941]. 4to. Card folder, 12 leaves, a blend of thin white card and brown paper bound-in, with 45 black and white silver print photographs staple mounted to rectos and versos. Prints identified via an autograph file number to page. 4 additional, approximately 8" x 10" photographs laid-in loose. Typed label mounted to front: "CENTURY MOTORS CORPORATION" Mild odor of must to contents. Some light dust spotting about page margins. Overall about good-plus.

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A technical assembly of photos capturing the build and testing of a 4-cylinder, horizontally opposed aircraft engine and its components by presumed employees of the Century Motors Corporation of Detroit, a subsidiary of the enterprises of William Bushnell Stout (1880-1956), a pioneering American inventor and designer who appears in at least five of the photographs.

The engine in these images bears an uncommonly sleek design. Its likely aluminum construction boasts a cylindrical crankcase and strikingly clean lines. And while no specific project is identified, Stout was deeply invested in developing aircraft motors for use in passenger cars about the time these photos were taken (1941 according to visible license plates).

Stout is perhaps most well-known for his experimental Stout Scarab, a futuristic, rear-engine vehicle and precursor to the modern mini-van. A commercial failure unheralded during his lifetime (only nine are known to have been produced), the Scarab is now considered an important and ambitious achievement in Art Deco-period design, and a technical marvel, influenced by and developed in-step with, the Dymaxion Car of Buckminster Fuller. Stout’s own Scarab, which he kept as a daily driver, is shown prominently in one of the photographs. 

Though our grasp of this item is admittedly less than firm, the photographs undeniably compose a detailed glimpse into the process of an important and innovative figure in 20th Century American automotive and aviation design. 

MORE IMAGES HERE

STOUT, William Bushnell : [Automobilia] : [Aviation] : [Inventors]. [William Bushnell Stout Photo Album Folder]. [Detroit, Michigan]: [ca. 1941]. 4to. Card folder, 12 leaves, a blend of thin white card and brown paper bound-in, with 45 black and white silver print photographs staple mounted to rectos and versos. Prints identified via an autograph file number to page. 4 additional, approximately 8" x 10" photographs laid-in loose. Typed label mounted to front: "CENTURY MOTORS CORPORATION" Mild odor of must to contents. Some light dust spotting about page margins. Overall about good-plus.