Guide to the Ronald Day Collection, -1998
L053-98

 Finding aid prepared by Patrizia Nava, CA.

Collection Overview

Repository
Special Collections and Archives Division, History of Aviation Collection.
Creator - Collector
Day, Ronald, Mr., -1998
Title
Ronald Day Collection
ID
L053-98
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1920-1938
Date [inclusive]
1911-1998
Extent
35.58 Linear feet (Three video storage boxes (8.5 x 17.5 x 5), three photo album boxes (18 x 13 x 5), three memorabilia boxes (12.5 x 19 x 2), one non-standard box (25 x 19 x 1.5), and thirty objects.)
Language of Materials
Collection is in English, German.
Abstract
Ronald Day was an avid collector of objects dealing with aerostats and in particular with airships, such as Zeppelins.

Citation

Ronald Day Collection, Document name or type, Folder number, Box number, Series number, History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Special Collections and Archives Division, History of Aviation Collection. 27 April 2009

800 West Campbell Road, MC33
Richardson, TX, 75080-3021
972-883-2570
[email protected]

Revision Description

 The first revision included a partial reprocessing of the collection. More materials were found and incorporated into the already existing collection and the finding aid was created in HTML format for the second revision. Some items on the inventory list of the holding file are still missing.  10 October 2016

Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection are open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish material from this collection in any form, current or future, must be obtained from the Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.

Provenance Statement

The Ronald Day Collection was donated to the History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by Ronald Day on August 11, 1998

Note to the Researcher

Some of the models are rusted but still stable and in fair condition. Box 8, Object 1 Good Year Eau de Cologne bottle: some pieces broke off and are stored in an envelope.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Day, Ronald, Mr., -1998

Subject(s)

  • Lighter than Air Archives

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Biographical Sketch

Ronald Day, a native from Atlanta, GA, nurtured a lifelong passion for aerostats and in particular for airships, such as Zeppelins. Fascinated by the amenity of this type of air travel, Day collected many objects representing the era of dirigibles.

Ronald Day passed away in Fall of 1998.

Source
 Biddenstadt, F.W., "Day Lighter-than-Air Collection Received," Air-Log, January 1999, The University of Texas at Dallas, page 3

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Scope and Content

This collection contains images, framed items, models, toys, coins, pins, ephemera, dinnerware, and other formats of artifacts in different sizes relating to Lighter-than-Air. The Ronald Day Collection is housed in ten boxes of various sizes totaling 35.58 linear ft.

The collection arrived in fair condition. The processing archivist imposed order and identified five series with the first being the Christmas Ornaments Series, which consists of objects manufactured by the Old World Christmas company in the shape of Zeppelins and a wooden nutcracker holding a Zeppelin.

The second series is the Models and Toys Series containing heavy cast iron, diecast, aluminum, plastic, or a combination thereof of models and windup toys in the shape of Zeppelins or blimps, some of which were manufactured by TootsieToy or by  Schylling.

The third series is the Dinnerware Series comprising fine china, table ware, cruet set, and salt shaker. Of particular interest is the menu holder in Box 5, Object 5, which was part of the props in the "No Ticket" scene set on the Hindenburg of the feature film  Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

The fourth series is the Framed Objects Series featuring posters, enamel advertisement sign, stamps, trading card, images, wreath, Valentine's card, ice cream mold, parts of an Argentine fruit box, and coin.

The fifth series is the Other Formats Series including iron cast or die cast models, lamp, coat of arms, commemorative coins, beer stein, light bulbs, eraser, key chain, pencil sharpener, stick pins, themed pins, lapel pins, charms, cigaret cards, trading card game, ashtray, and postcards.

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Series Description

The Ronald Day Collection is arranged in five series:

Series I. Christmas Ornaments 1.4 linear ft. (two video storage boxes), circa 1920-1993.

Arranged by topic.

Series II. Models and Toys 6.7 linear ft. (two photo album boxes, two items in photo album box, six items in memorabilia box, and four objects), Circa 1920-1991.

Arranged by topic.

Series III. Dinner Ware 3.78 linear ft. (four items in photo album box, one item in memorabilia box, and three objects), Circa 1920-1935.

Arranged by topic.

Series IV. Framed Objects 6.2 linear ft. (thirteen objects), 1928-1938.

Arranged by topic.

Series V. Other Formats 14.8 linear ft. (one video storage box, two memorabilia boxes, one non-standard box, three items in photo album box, eight items in memorabilia box, and ten objects), 1924-1998.

Arranged by topic.

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Related Materials

Additional Sources

For the No Ticket scene set on the  Hindenburg of the feature film  Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade view https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZKUFBet3Og

More information about Lighter-than-Air can be found in the Charles E. Rosendahl Collection, the  Douglas Robinson Collection, and the  John Provan Collection among others.

Books and Magazines

Books and magazines were pulled and catalogued to be included into the HAC monograph and magazine stacks.

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Collection Inventory

Series I. Christmas Ornaments 

Nutcracker. Undated   14" Blue and white nutcracker holding a LZ 127 "Graf Zeppelin" in his hands.


    Box Object
Realia   1 1

Christmas Ornament. Undated   5" Zeppelin depicting Graf Zeppelin's and Eckner's face on the bottom, by "Old World Christmas."


    Box Object
Realia   2 1

Christmas Ornament. Undated   5" Zeppelin depicting Graf Zeppelin's and Eckner's face on the bottom, by "Old World Christmas."


    Box Object
Realia   2 2

Christmas Ornament. Undated   5" Zeppelin depicting Graf Zeppelin's and Eckner's face on the bottom, by "Old World Christmas."


    Box Object
Realia   2 3

Christmas Ornament. Undated   5" Zeppelin depicting Graf Zeppelin's and Eckner's face on the bottom, by "Old World Christmas."


    Box Object
Realia   2 4

Los Angeles U.S. Navy. Undated   4.5" Blue Zeppelin Christmas ornament with red inscription.


    Box Object
Realia   2 5

Christmas Ornament. Undated   4" Zeppelin with gondola in red and green.


    Box Object
Realia   2 6

Zeppelin DLZ-127. Circa 1920-1930   4" White Zeppelin Christmas ornament with red inscription.


    Box Object
Realia   2 7

Graf Zeppelin. Undated   3.5x1" Purple, yellow, and red Christmas ornament with Lufthansa logo on wing.


    Box Object
Realia   2 8

Graf Zeppelin. Undated   3.5x1" Purple, yellow, and red Christmas ornament with Lufthansa logo on wing.


    Box Object
Realia   2 9

Happy Holidays 1993. 1993   3.5x2" White, red, green, and orange Hallmark Christmas ornament.


    Box Object
Realia   2 10

Happy Holidays 1993. 1993   3.5x2" White, red, green, and orange Hallmark Christmas ornament.


    Box Object
Realia   2 11

Up Above the World So High. 1991   Christmas charms, first edition, with box, by "Santa's Best Collectable."


    Box Object
Realia   2 12

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Series II. Models and Toys 

Zeppelin Collector Series. Undated   9.5x3" Windup toy with box and clipping.


    Box Object
Realia   3 1

Schylling Aluminum Airship. Zeppelin Collector Series. Undated   9.5x3" Windup toy with box.


    Box Object
Realia   3 2

Schylling Aluminum Airship. Zeppelin Collector Series. Undated   9.5x3" Windup toy with box.


    Box Object
Realia   3 3

Los Angeles. Undated   10x2.5" Gray, red, and blue metal toy with gondola and Christmas tag.


    Box Object
Realia   3 4

Graf Zeppelin. Undated   9.5x3.5" Green, red, yellow with black script windup toy by "Schylling."


    Box Object
Realia   3 5

Graf Zeppelin. Undated   9.5x3.5" Blue, red, and yellow windup toy [by "Schylling"].


    Box Object
Realia   3 6

Graf Zeppelin. Undated   9.5x3.5" Gray, green, and yellow windup toy.


    Box Object
Realia   3 7

Graf Zeppelin. Circa 1920   6.5" Cast iron silver Zeppelin coin bank by "A.C. Williams Banks & Toys."


    Box Object
Realia   4 1

Graf Zeppelin. Circa 1920   6.5" Cast iron silver Zeppelin coin bank by "A.C. Williams Banks & Toys."


    Box Object
Realia   4 2

Pory Blimp. Undated   6.5" Zeppelin metal toy on wheels.


    Box Object
Realia   4 3

Graf Zeppelin. Undated   8.25x3.25" Heavy cast iron silver with black script Zeppelin toy with wheels.


    Box Object
Realia   4 4

Graf Zepplin. Undated   8.25x3.25" Heavy cast iron gray with script Zeppelin toy with wheels.


    Box Object
Realia   4 5

Good Year. Undated   4.5" Metal and plastic blimp, gray, blue, and black with American flag on stabilizer by "Buddy L. Corporation, Japan."


    Box Object
Realia   4 6

Hindenburg D-LZ129. Undated   19x3.5" Gray plastic model with markings and stand.


    Box Object
Realia   5 1

ABCD-TV. Undated   10x3.5" White, red, and black plastic blimp with stand.


    Box Object
Realia   5 2

Navy. Undated   4.5" Cast iron Zeppelin with rubber wheels.


    Box Object
Realia   6 1

U.S.N. Los Angeles. Circa 1930   5" Diecast Zeppelin by "TootsieToy."


    Box Object
Realia   6 2

U.S.N. Los Angeles. Circa 1930   5" Diecast Zeppelin by "TootsieToy."


    Box Object
Realia   6 3

U.S.N. Los Angeles. Undated   5" Diecast Zeppelin pencil sharpener by "Schylling."


    Box Object
Realia   6 4

Zep. Undated   5" Cast iron silver Zeppelin toy with metal wheels.


    Box Object
Realia   6 5

Good Year. 1991   3.5x1x1.5 Gray, black, red, and yellow plastic blimp by "Mattel."


    Box Object
Realia   6 6

Object

Zeppelin. Undated   6" Metal Zeppelin toy on wheels.

6" metal Zeppelin toy on wheels

Good Year. Columbia N4A. 1975   14x3" Plastic model with electrical wiring inside and stand by "Revell Inc."

14x3" Good Year plastic model with electrical wiring inside and stand.

USS Akron. Undated   18x3.5" Aluminum model on stand with inscriptions.

18x3.5" aluminum model on stand with inscriptions. USS Akron

Graf Zeppelin. Undated   27x9x8" Gray, red, and blue metal toy with black inscription.

27x9x8 gray, red, and blue metal toy with black inscription Graf Zeppelin

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Series III. Dinnerware 

Zeppelin and Cloud. Undated   4" Porcelain Zeppelin and 3x2x1.5" porcelain cloud, salt and pepper shaker, gray, red, black, and yellow by "Sarsaparilla."


    Box Object
Realia   5 3

Los Angeles. Circa 1920s   6" Glass candy container with aluminum cap by "YC. Co., Jenet, Pennsylvania, USA" and "Avor 1/4oz."


    Box Object
Realia   5 4

Graf Zeppelin D-LZ127. Undated   6x4x2" Silver and light blue plaster menu holder. Zeppelin on cloud stand.


    Box Object
Realia   5 5

Zeppelin. Undated   8.75x3" Two part metal ice cream mold in Zeppelin shape.


    Box Object
Realia   6 7

Object

Zeppelin. Undated   7.5x3.5x3" Porcelain cruet set.

Porcelain Zeppelin shaped cruet set. (7.5x3.5x3)

DZR. Undated   7" Silver dinner fork with inscription and Zeppelin emblem on handle.

7" silver dinner fork

SZ. 1935   3x2" Porcelain creamer white with blue rim by Generaal Agent Bert. Muller Amsterdam, Bauscher Weiden emblem on bottom.

3x2" Porcelain SZ Creamer

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Series IV. Framed Objects 

Object

In 2 Tagen nach Nord Amerika! Deutsche Zeppelin Reederei. Undated   40x30.25" Framed poster.

In 2 Tagen nach Nord Amerika

Deutsche Luftpost. Undated   5x5" Golden frame with green 50 Pfennig and blue 25 Pfennig stamp.

framed 50 and 25 Pfennig stamp

Deutsche Luftpost. 1929 May 15   5x5" Golden frame with brown 4 Reichsmark stamp.

5x5" Golden frame with brown 4 Reichsmark stamp.

Deutsche Luftpost. 1938 May 19   5x5.5 Golden frame with blue 50 Pfennig and green 75 Pfennig stamp.

5x5.5 Golden frame with blue 50 Pfennig and green 75 Pfennig stamp

Graf Zeppelin D-LZ127. Undated   5.5x4.75" Golden frame containing trading card.

Golden frame containing trading card.

Airship and Airplane. Undated   4x2.75" Silver frame with airplane suspended from airship.

Airship and Airplane

Zeppelin Wings for Uniform. Undated   4x5" Silver frame, oval wreath with Zeppelin.

4x5" Silver frame, oval wreath with Zeppelin.

To my Valentine. Undated   8x6" Silver frame with Valentine's Day card.

8x6" Silver frame with Valentine's Day card.

Erster Südamerika-Flug des Luftschiffes "Graf Zeppelin" L.Z.127. 1928   9.75x8" Golden frame with black and white image and brass commemorative coin.

9.75x8" Golden frame with black and white image and brass commemorative coin.

USS Akron flying over City. Undated   14x12.5" Framed black and white image.

USS Akron flying over City 14x12.5 framed black and white image.

Ice cream mold. Undated   15.75x9.5" Framed half of mold.

15.75x9.5 framed ice cream mold.

Zeppelin. Peras de Rio Negro. Undated   13x9.5" Framed Argentine fruit box end with Zeppelin illustration.

13x9.5 Framed Argentine Fruit box end with Zeppelin illustration.

Eat Zeppelin Bread It's Light As Air. Schultz's German-American Bakery Massillon, Ohio. Undated   15x12" Framed enamel sign with black and red script depicting dirigible and likeness of Graf Zeppelin.

15x12" Framed enamel sign with black and red script depicting dirigible and likeness of Graf Zeppelin.

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Series V. Other Formats 

Graf Zeppelin. Undated   12.5x8" Green, brown, and grey Zeppelin lamp.


    Box Object
Realia   4 7

City of London. Undated   5.5x1.75x2.5" Porcelain depicting the coat of arms of the City of London, by "The Corona China" company.


    Box Object
Realia   5 6

Good Year. Undated   4.5x5" Aluminum beer stein with "Good Year" blimp relief.


    Box Object
Realia   5 7

Desk Ornament with pending Zeppelin. Undated   2.5x2.5" Mineral with brass holder and pendant.


    Box Object
Realia   5 8

Naval Airship Association. Undated   4.5x3" Blue and yellow sew on patch.


    Box Object
Realia   6 8

Zeppelin. Undated   2.5" White, pink, green, and blue colored Zeppelin shaped light bulb.


    Box Object
Realia   6 9

Zeppelin. Undated   2.5" White, pink, colored Zeppelin shaped light bulb.


    Box Object
Realia   6 10

Zeppelin. Undated   2.5" White Zeppelin shaped light bulb.


    Box Object
Realia   6 11

Good Year. Undated   2.25x1.25" Gray Zeppelin shaped eraser.


    Box Object
Realia   6 12

Airship. Undated   3.75x3.25" Gray, red, and yellow plastic key chain.


    Box Object
Realia   6 13

Zeppelin. Undated   3x0.5" Gold Zeppelin shaped pencil sharpener.


    Box Object
Realia   6 14

Zeppelin. 1986   3.75x1" Brass stick pin.


    Box Object
Realia   6 15

Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games 1996. 1992   2x1.5" Official licensed pin of the "Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, Inc."


    Box Object
Realia   7 1

Graf Zeppelin Europe Pan America Flight, $2.60 United States Postage. Undated   2x0.75" Blue, white, light blue, metal pin.


    Box Object
Realia   7 2

Luggage Tag with Zeppelin tag. Undated   2.5x1.5" Black leather band with closure and metal tag depicting Zeppelin and airplane.


    Box Object
Realia   7 3

German Navy Airship Badge. Undated   2.5x2.5" Metal pin with leaves and crown.


    Box Object
Realia   7 4

Weltausstellung Zeppelin Tag Chicago. 1933   2x1" Brass with white enamel triangular pin with Zeppelin.


    Box Object
Realia   7 5

Weltausstellung Zeppelin Tag Chicago. 1933   2x1" Brass with white enamel triangular pin with Zeppelin in cover.


    Box Object
Realia   7 6

Zeppelin. Undated   0.75" Diameter brown, red lapel pin.


    Box Object
Realia   7 7

Blimp E7. Undated   1x0.75" Brass charm.


    Box Object
Realia   7 8

LZ129. Undated   1.5" Metal Zeppelin lapel pin.


    Box Object
Realia   7 9

LZ129. Undated   1.5" Metal Zeppelin lapel pin.


    Box Object
Realia   7 10

Graf Zeppelin. Undated   1.5" Metal pin.


    Box Object
Realia   7 11

Blimp. Undated   2" Metal blimp pin.


    Box Object
Realia   7 12

Good Year. Undated   1.5" Metal blimp in oval frame tie clip.


    Box Object
Realia   7 13

Good Year. Undated   1.25" Metal with white, blue, and red enamel blimp shaped lapel pin.


    Box Object
Realia   7 14

Good Year. Undated   1.5x1" Brass postage coin no. 104822.


    Box Object
Realia   7 15

Konstruktionen. Undated   5.5" Wooden piece with paper wrapped around.


    Box Object
Realia   7 16

Zeppelin R-Type. 1991   2.75x1.5" Reproduction of cigarette card.


    Box Object
Ephemera   7 17

Graf Zeppelin Europe Pan America Flight, $2.60 United States Postage. Undated   5x2.5" Metal stamp on a wooden base.


    Box Object
Realia   7 18

I. Weltfahrt des Luftschiffs Graf Zeppelin, 1929. Undated   1.75" Diameter silver coin. Obverse: World map. Reverse: Likeness of Zeppelin, Eckner, and Dürr. "Zeppelin der Schöpfer, Eckner der Führer, Dürr der Erbauer."


    Box Object
Realia   7 19

Taufe des L127 am 9O. Geburtstag 8 Juli 1928. Undated   2" Silver coin. Obverse: Likeness of Graf Zeppelin. Reverse: Coat of Arms "Glück ab Graf Zeppelin."


    Box Object
Realia   7 20

Shenandoah ZR-1. Daughter of the Stars. 1923. Undated   2" Brass coin. Obverse: "Shenandoah" in front of U.S. flag. Reverse: Battle scene. "Shenandoah Valley Campagne 1862."


    Box Object
Realia   7 21

Amerikafahrt des LZ 126 ZR-III 1924. Undated   2" Silver coin. Obverse: Blimp flying over landscape. Reverse: Likeness of Hugo Eckner.


    Box Object
Realia   7 22

Amerikafahrt des LZ 126 ZR-III 1924. Undated   2" Brass coin. Obverse: Blimp flying over landscape. Reverse: Likeness of Hugo Eckner.


    Box Object
Realia   7 23

Graf Zeppelin World Flight. Undated   2" Silver coin. Obverse: Zeppelin and world map. Reverse: German eagle "1929 50th Anniversary 1979. 50 Jahre Erfahrung."


    Box Object
Realia   7 24

Graf Zeppelin Weltflug 1929. Undated   2" Diameter silver coin. Obverse: Zeppelin and world map. Reverse: German eagle "Deutsches Reich 1930 3 Reichsmark."


    Box Object
Realia   7 25

Graf Zeppelin, Dr. Hug Eckener, 1898-1928. Undated   1.75" Diameter silver coin. Obverse: likeness of Graf Zeppelin and Hugo Eckener. Reverse: "Luftschiff LZ127 Graf Zeppelin," airship in clouds over sea.


    Box Object
Realia   7 26

Good Year. Undated   5.5" Plastic grey with blue script Eau de Cologne bottle.


    Box Object
Realia   8 1

The Development of the U.S. Postal Service. Undated   4.5" Diameter metal and opaque glass coaster by "The Reuben H. Donnelley Corporation."


    Box Object
Realia   8 2

Hamburg Amerika Linie. Undated   4.5" Diameter white porcelain ashtray with golden script by "Rosendahl."


    Box Object
Realia   8 3

Around the World with the 'Graf Zeppelin'. 1929   Original box with instructions, playing cards, and clippings.


    Box Object
Realia   8 4

Mit Luftschiff ZR3 ab Friedrichshafen. 1924, 1998   Postcard with stamps.


    Box Object
Ephemera   8 5

Baseball cap. Undated   Blue baseball cap from Naval Airship Association.


    Box Object
Realia   9 1

Stereograph Photo Viewer. Undated   13x8x9" Metal and wood.


    Box Object
Realia   9 2

Happy Birthday Blimp. 1986   21x12" Inflatable blimp by "Aerial Greetings, Inc."


    Box Object
Realia   10 1

Object

R100. Undated   11x7" Lead glass bowl with engravings.

R100 glass bowl

Hindenburg LZ129, 1936-37. 1976   4x2" Metal belt buckle by "Bergamot Brass Works."

belt buckle Hindenburg

Grügelborn 1975. 1975   5x2.5" Brass metal pin with black, white, and red ribbon; plaque depicting likeness of Graf Zeppelin and LZ127.

Grügelborn 1975.

Lighter than Air wings for Uniform. Undated   3" Silver metal wings with dirigible.

3" silver metal wings with dirigible.

Graf Zeppelin Weltflug 1929. 1929   1.75" Round pin, blue and green enamel, and brass Zeppelin relief.

1.75" Round pin, blue and green enamel, brass Zeppelin relief.

Golden Anniversary NAS Lakehurst, NJ 1921-1971. 1971   2" Diameter brass coin with case.

50th anniversary NAS 2" diameter brass coin with case.

Graf Zeppelin. Undated   2x1.5" Liberty mint 999 fine silver one ounce coin.

2x1.5" Liberty mint 999 fine silver one ounce coin.

The Cathedral of the Air. United States Naval Air Station. Lakehurst, New Jersey. Undated   9" Diameter porcelain plate with golden rim, black and white image, inscriptions on back of plate.

9" Diameter porcelain plate with golden rim, black and white image, inscriptions on back of plate.

Les Grandes Découvertes du Sciècle. C'est la conquête de l'Air par l'Aviation. 12 Undated   6.5" Diameter blue rim and black imprint porcelain by "Creil-Montereau" faience.

6.5" Creil-Montereau faience

The LZ-130 is Germany's Bid. Undated   42.5x14" Poster mounted on cardboard.

42.5x14" Poster mounted on cardboard. LZ-130 Germany's Bid

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