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Title Rusco Aero Safety Belt
Date ca. 1930s
Collection Aviation Memorabilia Collection
Object Name Belt, Safety
Catalog Number 1996.1.1
Description Quick-release aircraft safety seat belt and its original box.
A-B. Safety belt consists of two separate pieces of heavy webbed canvas (5 inch width) with metal attachments.
C. Cardboard box with removeable lid. Label on box: "Rusco Aero Safety Belt, Stock No. Ae-26 D." Handwriting on box: "Doug Davis Atlanta"
Artist/Maker Russell Manufacturing Company, Middletown, Connecticut
Provenance Believed to be a belt owned by early Atlanta aviation pioneer Douglas Henry Davis, Sr.

Doug Davis was among the first to make aviation a business in Atlanta in the 1920s. He built the first hangar on Chandler Field, was a famous air racer, and became a pilot for Eastern Air Lines in 1930.
People Davis, Douglas H., 1900-1934
Search Terms Eastern Airlines
Atlanta, Ga.
South (U.S.)
Subjects Safety equipment
Belts & belting (Equipment)
Credit line Gift of Penny Moultrie