NEBRASKA STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID
RG2801.AM: Ray H. Page, 1882-1933
Scrapbook (on microfilm) and 1 item: 1924-1973, 1977
Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb.: Aircraft manufacturer
Size: 1 volume (on microfilm) and 1 item
Ray Page was born in Friend, Nebraska, on August 16, 1882. After high school he joined the advertising department of The Nebraska Farmer, remaining there for seven years. For the next six years he worked as a livestock auctioneer and in 1913 became an automobile salesman. In 1915 he moved to Lincoln where he was district manager for the Nebraska Buick Auto Company.
The Nebraska Aircraft Company was organized in 1919 by four Lincoln men. Mr. Page took over the concern on August 6, 1920, and renamed it the Lincoln Standard Aircraft Company. The factory, where Lincoln Page airplanes were manufactured, was located at 2409 “O” Street. The flying school which the company operated shared these quarters. Charles A. Lindbergh was its most famous pupil. Poor health forced Page’s retirement in 1930 and the sale of the company to Victor H. Roos.
In addition to his interest in aviation, Page was devoted to greyhound racing and raised his own dogs. At one time he was identified with a wrestling promotion agency. Ray Page died on March 17, 1933.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
This collection [formerly MS2801] consists of a scrapbook containing clippings, photographs, and advertising materials related to aviation in the United States in the 1920s, the career of Charles Lindbergh, and airplanes manufactured by the Lincoln Standard Aircraft Company. For preservation concerns, patrons are asked to use the microfilm copy of the scrapbook. Also included in the collection is a first day cover of the “50th Anniversary of Lindbergh’s Flight” from May 20, 1977.
Note: A copy of the children’s book, The Lone Eagle, Lindbergh, and a copy of Charlie Blosser’s recollections entitled, Why live to be a hundred when you can do it in fifty, were transferred to the NSHS Library. The archives contains numerous collections relating to aviation in Nebraska, including Encil Chambers [RG3726], Lincoln Aircraft Company [RG1163], Lincoln Airplane and Flying School [RG1475], Lincoln Airplane School [RG4172], Lincoln Aviation Institute [RG2153], Lincoln Primary Flying School [RG1610], Arrow Aircraft and Motor Corporation [RG3009], Nebraska Department of Aeronautics [RG0007], etc. See the NSHS Library Catalog and the Nebraska History index for published materials.
Item 1 – First day cover, “50th Anniversary of Lindbergh’s Flight,” May 20, 1977
Airplanes — Nebraska
Lincoln Standard Aircraft Company (Lincoln, Neb.)
Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974
Page, Ray H., 1882-1933
Encoded TMM 01-18-2011