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Amelia Earhart in 1933

I probably spend far too much time looking at the photo sections from 1920s and 1930s editions of the Toronto Daily Star, but I keep finding interesting things!

For example, here is a photo of aviator Amelia Earhart from the July 5 1933 edition:

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Of course, Earhart is now famous for having disappeared without trace in 1937. But she was famous before that. By the time this photo was taken, she had achieved the following:

  • In 1928, she was the first woman to fly solo across the North American continent and back.
  • In 1931, she set a world altitude record of 18,415 feet when flying an autogyro.
  • In 1932, she completed a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. She won a Distinguished Flying Cross for this feat.

Ms. Earhart has a Toronto connection, by the way: she visited her sister there in 1917, and stayed on to work as a volunteer at Spadina Military Hospital. During the 1918 flu epidemic, she worked night shifts there, and eventually caught the disease herself, which left her with sinus problems that lasted for years.

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