Seller: rickcoral (37,066) 99.9%, Location: Hemet, California, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 123611044774 Dick Merrill Autograph Pilot Aviation Pioneer / Actor Signed Card Click image to enlarge Description HANDSIGNED 3" x 5" INDEX CARD BY DICK MERRILL (1894-1982). These days, it's a little hard to imagine the celebrity status once given to pilots, but for the generation prior to WW2, pioneer aviators were revered like astronauts were in the 1960's. While not as famous as Charles Lindbergh or Amelia Earhart, Henry Tyndall "Dick" Merrill ranked as a world-famous pilot by the 1930s - most notable for the 1936 so-called Trans-Atlantic "Ping Pong" ball flight in millionaire singer Harry Richmans heavily modified Vultee, christened 'Lady Peace' (which crashed on it's return journey due to Richman accidentally dumping the fuel) and completing the first commercial trans-Atlantic flight in history, flying a Lockheed Model 10E Electra, appropriately named the "Daily Express" that was specially commissioned to shuttle back newsreel footage of the May 10, 1937 coronation of King George VI (which resulted in a one-shot movie contract with low-budget Monogram Pictures for "Atlantic Flight". ick had begun learning to fly while stationed in France in WWI but returned home to work on the Illinois Central Railroad as a fireman. He began his aviation career in earnest when he bought a 90-horsepower Curtiss JN4 "Jenny" for $600 at a war surplus sale in Columbus, Georgia in 1920. Merrill spent most of the 1920s barnstorming at air shows and eventually became an air mail service pilot, becoming its highest paid pilot (earning $13,000 in 1930 @ ten cents per air mile) before signing on with the floundering Eastern Airlines after it was restructured. His most famous flight was a 1936 round-trip Transatlantic Flight that has gone down in the annals of flight as the "Ping Pong Flight." The following year, Merrill also completed the first commercial trans-Atlantic flight. IN VERY GOOD CONDITION. WE ARE A MEMBER OF U.A.C.C. (UNIVERSAL AUTOGRAPH COLLECTOR'S CLUB). I.D. RD331. PLEASE SEE MY SCAN OF MY CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY. BOTTOM PORTION OF THE CERTIFICATE WILL BE COMPLETED WHEN ITEM IS SOLD. WE ARE OFFERING AUTOGRAPHS OBTAINED OVER A 54 YEAR PERIOD. BEGINNING IN THE 1960'S, UPON MOVING TO CALIFORNIA MY PARENTS & I BEGAN VISITING THE HOLLYWOOD AREA ATTENDING A LOT OF HIGH PROFILE EVENTS SEEKING PHOTOS AND AUTOGRAPHS OF MOVIE, TV, AND MUSIC CELEBRITIES. WE ATTENDED THE ACADEMY AWARDS, EMMY AWARDS AND MOVIE PREMIERES. ALSO EVENTS SUCH AS THE "THALIANS BALL", THE "SHARE BOOMTOWN PARTY", AS WELL AS MANY CELEBRITY GOLF & TENNIS TOURNAMENTS IN THE LOS ANGELES AND PALM SPRINGS AREAS. WE ALSO ATTENDED THE TAPINGS OF MANY T.V. SHOWS OF THE TIME SUCH AS THE HOLLYWOOD PALACE, HULLABALOO, HOLLYWOOD SQUARES, THE RED SKELTON SHOW, THE ANDY WILLIAMS SHOW & MORE WHERE MOST CELEBRITIES WERE AVAILABLE FOR AUTOGRAPHS BEFORE AND AFTER TAPINGS. IT WAS A TIME WHEN ACCESS TO THE STARS WAS EASY. BASICALLY THERE WAS NO SECURITY AT THE EMMY AWARDS AND VERY LITTLE AT THE ACADEMY AWARDS & MOVIE PREMIERES. IN THE 1980'S WE OPENED A RECORD STORE WHICH GAVE ME ACCESS TO MANY RECORD SIGNING EVENTS AT MY DISTRIBUTORS' LOCATIONS AND SOME EVENTS SPONSORED BY DISTRIBUTORS. WE ATTENDED HUNDREDS OF CONCERTS AND WERE ABLE TO MAKE OUR WAY BACKSTAGE AT MANY OF THEM WITH RECORD & CD COVERS IN HAND TO BE SIGNED. ABOUT THIS TIME WE ALSO BEGAN TO ATTEND MANY CELEBRITY SHOWS AND AMASSED A GREAT COLLECTION OF SIGNED PHOTOS FROM MANY CELEBRITIES OF A BY-GONE AREA, MANY WHO HAVE SINCE PASSED ON. WE ALSO HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF BUYING COLLECTIONS OF AUTOGRAPHS FROM INDIVIDUALS WHO EITHER WORKED IN THE ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS (SOME AS EARLY AS THE 1920'S) AND OTHERS WHO HAD A BUSINESS IN THE HOLLYWOOD AREA WHICH WAS FREQUENTED BY CELEBRITIES. SOME OF THESE FOLKS KEPT THEIR AUTOGRAPH BOOKS AT THE FRONT COUNTER AND WERE READY TO ASK FOR A SIGNATURE WHEN A CELEBRITY CAME INTO THEIR SHOP. THANKS FOR LOOKING. WE WILL LISTING MORE AUTOGRAPHS FROM MY COLLECTION IN THE NEAR FUTURE. Payment We accept Paypal. 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