Photo album kept by a teenaged boy, who arrived by seaplane to the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair with famed aviation pioneer, Igor Sikorsky. George Buivid, was 15 years old at the time of this exiting trip and this album documents the flight and his trip to the fair. His father, Michel Buivid, was a lifelong friend of Sikorsky and was his assistant in design and was well known for his design work on helicopters. “G. Buivid” is written on the inside cover, and a newspaper clipping on the first page from the Chicago Daily Tribune of July 6, 1933, shows a photo with the headline “Famous Airplane Designer Flies to Closing Events of Air Races.” The photo shows B.P. Labensky, Igor Sikorsky, Mrs Hollister Sturges of NY, George Buivid of Stamford, CT, Capt. Boris Sergievsky (test pilot) and Harry Georgieff.
The album measures about 8” x 12.25” and has 64 snapshots (about 2 ½ x 3 ½ inches), 25 small format commercial photographs (about 1 ¾ x 2 ¾ inches), 39 related postcards (most from the ‘Western Photogravure Co., of Chicago). Most of the items are inserted using photo corners, but are few in the back are tipped in with glue.
There are photos of the interior of the plane, shots showing it land, some terrific aerial pics from the plane ride, including shots of the fair from the air, and photos from the attending the fair, including some great shots of the Good Year blimp.
The album is complete and in good overall condition. A magical day, which was documented so he would never forget it.