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Negative - Larkin Aircraft Supply Co. (LASCO), Coode Island, Victoria, 1928 Image Reg. No: MM 7897

Description Of Content:
A panoramic view of workers outside the Larkin Aircraft Supply Company Limited. (LASCO) at Coode Island. Visible inside the hangar is a SE5a with the British registration G-EBVB, belonging to the UK firm Savage Skywriting Co. Ltd. In March 1928, two of Savage's SE5a aircraft and pilots were brought to Australia to demonstate skywriting as an advertising technique and were based at Coode Island during their stay in Melbourne. The first official demonstration over Melbourne was flown by George A. Lingham DFC on 14 April 1928 when he wrote 'HELLO' at about 12,000 feet in letters seven miles long. Lingham, who was born in Melbourne had practised for his display the previous day over Sunshine. Soap manufacturer Lever Bros contracted the aircraft to write 'LUX' over Melbourne and Sydney but other work was scarce and the two SE5a aircraft were shipped back to the UK on 28 December 1928. 'Jimmy' Larkin is seated third from the right.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Irene Lawson, 1990
The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: aeroplanes, air transport, airfields, airports, manufacturing workers, panoramas, signage
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, Transport Collection, The Biggest Family Album in Australia Collection, Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a
Primary Classification: AIR TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Airports
Tertiary Classification: hangars
Organisations Depicted: Larkin Aircraft Supply.
Format: Negative: Black & White; 35 mm
Place & Date Depicted: Essendon, Victoria, Australia, circa 1930

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