Edmond Genet, from the Sky Birds series

National Chicle Company
MediumCommercial color lithograph
Dimensions2 7/8 × 2 3/8 inches
CreditCollection of the Hudson River Museum
Accession Number99.12.052.019

Between 1933 and 1934, the National Chicle Company produced the Sky Birds collection. In a format previously reserved for baseball players, heroes of aviation past and present were given center stage. Distributed in one-cent packs (roughly 18 cents in today’s currency), there were 144 different cards produced in total. The first two dozen cards featured World War I pilots, focusing in on the Lafayette Escadrille, a notoriously reckless volunteer brigade of American pilots in support of the French. Edmond Genet, a descendent of Governor Clinton and an Ossining native, was considered the first American to die in WWI, shot down on April 17, 1917.

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