Posted: 12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012
10 FACTS ABOUT WILLIAM PRESTON MAYFIELD
1. Mayfield was the personal photographer for the Wright brothers.
2. He was first person in the nation to take a photograph from an airplane. He was 14 years of age and the year was 1910.
3. As a photojournalist for the Dayton Daily News, he recorded many historical Dayton events in photo images.
4. He produced over 100,000 images in his 65-year career.
5. Mayfield was under contract with the U. S. Army Signal Corps at McCook Field in Dayton.
6. The first testing of a parachute jump was recorded in Mayfield’s aerial photograph at McCook Field in May 1919.
7. He photographed many famous people, such as Franklin D. Roosevelt, President William Howard Taft, Charles Lindbergh, Henry Ford, Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey and Aimee Semple MacPherson.
8. His still photos and motion picture footage traveled around the world, over the wire service and as newsreels.
9. He was the first American aviation and aerial photo historian.
10. He worked closely with the United States Government in his aerial photography projects.
SOURCE: Nancy Horlacher, Local History Specialist, Dayton Metro Library
CLOSER LOOK AT PROJECTS
At its annual meeting in July, Dayton History unveiled plans for four major exhibits that will be added to Carillon Historical Park.
Over the past four Sundays, we’ve taken a closer look at each of the initiatives. You’ve learned what each exhibit will mean for the park and for you, as a visitor. Over the past year, $4 million has been raised to fund these new projects.
SEPT. 16: The Carillon Brewing Co.
SEPT. 23: The Dayton Triangles Locker Room
SEPT. 30: The Great Dayton Flood of 1913
TODAY: Photographer William Mayfield’s private collection