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Title Delta Air Service Travel Air Seat
Date 1929-1930
Collection Aircraft Parts & Furnishings Collection
Object Name Seat, Aircraft
Catalog Number 1995.352.1
Description Aircraft seat is constructed of a steel frame wrapped in a cover of green "leathercloth," simulated leather widely used for automobile upholstery in the 1920s. The cloth consists of a woven heavy cotton duck cloth that is coated in layers of linseed oil and/or colored sprays of cellulose nitrate. By pressing the cloth through patterned rollers, a grained appearance similar to that of leather was achieved. Cellulose nitrate covered cotton duck is also known as pyroxylin.

The chair back is slightly padded. The original removable seat cushion is missing so that the wicker seat surface is evident.

The seat cover has both machine and hand stitching. It appears to be slipped over the back of the seat, and then wrapped around the back legs. The two front legs are wrapped separately. Basting stitches through the wicker are evident, as well as whipped stitching.

The original seat cover may have been partially repainted to mask waer resulting from use. The whitish bloom evident on one side may be due to this spray application of a secondary paint.
Depth (in) 22
Height (in) 32
Width (in) 15.75
Provenance Original Delta Air Service Travel Air aircraft seat used for passenger service, 1929-1930. Delta Mechanic John Hardy acquired seat from Harold Frye, who bought seat from Delta.
Search Terms Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Service
Travel Air S-6000-B
Subjects Seating furniture
Credit line Gift of John Hardy to Delta Air Lines