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Nice, Concise Paper & Photo Grouping of Overseas USN Pilot Lt. j.g. George E. Rumill N.A. #217
Nice, concise paper and photo grouping of overseas United States Naval Pilot, Lieutenant j. g. George E. Rumill. Rumill was N. A. (Naval Aviator) No. 217 and saw service out of the Royal; Naval Air Station Killingholme in Killingholme England. Included in the grouping is one of Lt. Rumill's flight log books dated: "FEB 1918 - JULY 1921", a Western Union Telegram dated: "February 1, 1919", a letter home, miscellaneous photos, and a couple of portraits with wings, and a great Flight Log with reference to 30 plus combat patrols, Submarine Patrols, and even a few Zeppelin Patrols! Very hard to find WWI Log Books, especially for the US Navy. George E. Rumill went on to be a pioneering airline pilot, flying for Roger's Airline, Compana Nacional Cubana de Aviacion S.A,, CNAC, and Pan Am.
The flight log book is full, cover to cover, documenting and front cover reads: "#2 AVIATORS FLIGHT LOG BOOK FEB 1918 - JULY 1921", "NAME: GEORGE E. RUMILL, RANK OR RATE: LIEUT (j.g.), BRANCH OF SERVICE: U.S.N. R.F.C.".
The telegram shows the company's logo at the top center and surrounding it reads: "WESTERN UNION TELEGRAM" with the current President and Vice President's names below. The telegram reads: "RECEIVED AT 113 MASS. AVENUE BOSTON PHONE MAIN 8020 LINE 108", "T67FY FT 31 AND WASHINGTON DC 1255PM FEB 1 1919 LIEUT GEORGE E RUMMILL SV 67 97 ST STEPHEN ST BOSTON MASS WANT you FOR H DASH SIXTEEN WORK WITH FLEET FOR TEN WEEKS IN CUBA FINE DUTY WIRE ME OPERATIONS AVIATION IF YOU WANT TO GO GOING SHIP AT BOSTON FEBY SIXTH", "B G LEIGHLON 206PM".
A letter home features two photos attached and reads: "Lila Rumill: The attached are pictures of your husband, taken on board the Empress of Great Briton, enroute to the United States at the end of and just after he and the rest of us had won World War I. - Dec. 1918. He and I have just agreed that we will not fight in another war. Sincerely George Hodges" and the letter is dated "August 17, 1968" and is signed in pen ink by George Hodges on his personal stationary and the top corner shows a phone number in pencil.
There are four studio portraits and two candid photos, one of Lt. Rumill (reverse reads: "Pensacola 2 - striper - 1919) and the other of a busted aircraft in the water. The back of the smallest studio portrait reads: "At Pensacola 1917 just before North Sea Patrols as Ensign" on the reverse. The front of one of the studio portraits reads: "TO HARRY C. BLOCK JR. FROM GEORGE E. RUMILL AS AN ENSIGN WINTER 1917 - 1918, SATURDAY FEB. 8, 1969. CORAL GABLES" and an accompanying paper reads: "To Harry Block Jr. From George E. Rumill. This picture taken in Washington, D.C. in 1917 before going overseas at a British North Sea Patrol Station. At the time I was an Ensign in the U.S. Naval Air Service Sat. Feb. 8, 1969. Coral Gables"
VINTAGE: Circa WWI
SIZE: Approximately Log Book: 4-1/2" x 7"; Telegram: 8" x 6-1/2"; Letter: 10" x 6-3/4"; Photos - various sizes
MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Treated paperboard, paper, ink, photographs, cardstock
ATTACHMENT: Slide tab flap closure on Log Book
MARKINGS: "OP-AIE-100" on cover of flight log; "NEWCOMB CARLTON, PRESIDENT", "GEORGE W. E. ATKINS, FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT", "FROM 1204", "RECEIVED AT 113 MASS. AVENUE BOSTON PHONE MAIN 8020 LINE 108" on telegram, "CLINEDINST STUDIO 733 14TH ST. N. W. WASHINGTON, D.C." on photo folder, "575 HONOSSON" on back of photo; "B12" stamp on photo, "GEORGE S. HODGES 1202 SEASPRAY AVENUE DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA 33444" on letterhead, "CLINEDINST STUDIO" stamped on photo, "1420 SANTA CRUZ AVENUE - CORAL GABLES, FLORIDA 33134"
ITEM NOTES: This is from a US Navy collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. VEJJX10/09 CON-RLB-16 LAFGEX4/16
CONDITION: 8- (Very Fine&emdash;Excellent): The log book shows moderate wear and soiling, studio portrait separated from cardstock, telegram and photos show age wear and discoloration, all articles in grouping are remarkable, overall excellent condition.