Ernie Buehl Collection

When he died, Ernie's daughter, Sylvia, inherited his collection of photographs, newspaper clippings, ephemera, memorabilia, and mementos.

The photographs include those that were taken personally by Ernie, but many more that he acquired from friends and other sources. A number of them are very well composed, beautifully printed, and show every sign of having been the work of professional photographers. Some, in fact, we have seen on other websites. The photo of Anthony Fokker, for instance, is found on a number of websites, so if Ernie took it, how did it come to have such wide distribution? We doubt that he took it, but it is not entirely beside the point to mention that Ernie had the picture because he had met Fokker and he could have taken it (because he had access to Fokker). The fact is that we just do not know. Although a photo this old is now in the public domain, we would like to attribute it correctly. If anyone does have this kind of information we would be very happy to have it, too. Most of the photos are unlabeled with respect to their origin and we have no way of knowing where many of them came from.

The newspaper clippings tell an amazing story, because they collect information about some important but largely forgotten events in the history of aviation. Ernie was interested in the events in which he participated, and he saved many newspaper stories that told of these events and their significance at the time. It would be very difficult now to collect these stories with the thoroughness we see here. Unfortunately, although Ernie was an avid newspaper clipper, he was not always careful to preserve source information. For most clippings, it is possible to figure out their source, but some offer so few clues that we just do not know were they came from. Some day, when we have more time to spend in public archives looking through miles of microfilm, we may be able to track this down.

Ownership and credit

Throughout this site, we will refer to Ernie’s collection of clippings, photos, and memorabilia as the Ernest H. Buehl, Sr. Collection: abbreviated as “EBC” (Ernie Buehl Collection).

Most of the information in this website comes from newspaper clippings, letters, and other material that Ernie collected over the course of his lifetime. Many of the newspaper clippings were cut from newspapers and pasted into scrapbooks or tossed loose into envelopes and boxes. Some of them were cut in such a way that the source and date cannot clearly be identified. A certain amount of guessing, based on events discussed and other known timelines allow us to narrow the possibilities.

Most of the photographs and other images, too, were collected by Ernie Buehl. Again, many of these were pasted into scrapbooks or stored loose in boxes. Almost none are clearly labeled with respect to the place and time that they were taken, or with respect to who appears in them. A number of them are still recognizable to the family, and others can be placed in a context based on the known events of Ernie’s lifetime.

Some photographs have clear copyright markings on them but it has not been possible for us to track down the current owner of the copyright. We are handling these as "orphan" works. When this site reproduces orphan work and the actual copyright holder finds it, we ask that the copyright holder contact us to discuss proper attribution, issues of reasonable compensation for use of the work, or removal of the work from our site.

All works published before 1923 are in the public domain. Works published after 1922, but before 1978 are protected for 95 years from the date of publication. Therefore, nothing published after 1922 will be in the public domain until 2017 at the earliest. For a discussion of copyright FAQs, click here.