the Hans Gruen Postcard Collection

Foreigners in Japan, etc1 - Caption reads: "The ‘Queen of the Sky' Miss Stinson about to undertake her flight." Katherine Stinson (1891- 1977) was born in Texas and was one of the first women pilots in the United States. She became the first women to fly in Japan in December 1916 and made exhibition flights from Aoyama Parade Grounds in Tokyo in a Partridge-Keller Biplane. She was greatly admired by Japanese, especially by women for whom she was a symbol of emancipation.

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