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? It is not entirely beside the point, though, to mention that Ernie had the picture because he had met Fokker and he could have taken it (because he had access to Fokker). Most are unlabeled with respect to their origin, though, 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.

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Ownership and credit

Some of the material on this site is gathered from or reproduces documents that are in such bad condition that the author or owner of the copyright cannot be reasonably determined. Such material is referred to as "orphan works" in the Orphan Works Act of 2006.

For example, it was not uncommon for Ernie to clip newspaper articles in such a way that the date or even the newspaper itself could not be identified. Also, the collection includes original copies of photos that were obviously taken by someone other than Ernie, but that bear no mark of attribution that we can find.

Most of the information in this website comes from newpaper 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. A number 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.

Ernie maintained correspondence with his mother in Germany until she died. Upon her death, he traveled to Germany and retrieved his letters. These are all on German. Someday, when we are able to translate them, we believe that they will provide important background information.

If anyone is able to identify people, places, or dates for any of these materials, your help would be appreciated.

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).

Additional contemporary photos have been added to round-out the story. The bulk of these are personal photographs in the collection of Rosanna Buehl, Ernie’s granddaughter, and will be credited with the abbreviation “CRB.”

Some photos found on various internet sites have been included, too, and these will be credited by giving the URL at which they were found.

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.