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USC Library of Aeronautical History George T. Cussen collection on aviation
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Box 1

World war posters & ephemera 1918-1945

Physical Description: 1 Linear Feet1 box
Language of Material: English.

Scope and Contents

Series consists of WWI and WWII war effort and propaganda posters from the various U.S. government agencies such as the Polish Information Center and other organizations such as the American Red Cross and the American Library Association.
Box 2

Air freight transportation papers 1932 - 1964

Physical Description: 1 Linear Feet1 Box
Language of Material: English.

Scope and Contents

This series consists of industry reports, air freight transportation guides, historical books, scrapbook pages, photograph albums, and company promotion booklets pertaining to several commercial air charter companies from the 1930s to the 1960s. Since the collection originated from George Cussen, much of the material relates specifically to his career while the rest of the material pertains to the air frieght industry in general.
Box 2

The Flying Tiger Line papers 1949-1964

Language of Material: English.

Scope and Contents

Sub-series consists of various books and documents pertaining to the operations of the Flying Tiger Line, including correspondence, promotional pamphlets, company reports, photograph albums, and a book by Frank J. Cameron chonicling the company's history.

Biographical / Historical

The Flying Tiger Line, headquartered at Los Angeles International Airport, was the first scheduled air cargo line in the U.S. Robert William Prescott, an ace pilot for the Flying Tigers AVG during WWII, and nine other pilots from the same AVG founded the company after the war in 1945 with financial investment from oil tycoon Samuel B. Mosher. By the 1950s, they had become the largest trans-Atlantic charter operation, transporting militray troops and supplies during the Korean War, refugees, and unusual commercial items such as rare flowers, IBM machines, and exotic animals up until 1989.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Flying Tiger Line -- Archives
Los Angeles International Airport -- Archives
Box 2, Box 3, Box 4

Transcontinental & Western Airlines papers 1932 - 1952

Biographical / Historical

Transcontinental & Western Airlines formed in 1930 out of Postmaster General Walter Folger Brown's forced merger of Transcontinental Air Transport (T-A-T) and Western Air Express to expand airmail contracts. This merger brought two prominent aeronautic experts, Charles Lindbergh and Jack Fyre, within the same company. TWA offered one of the first scheduled plane services from east to west coast U.S. and continued to be one of the major American airlines until it ceased operations in 2001.

Scope and Contents

Series consists of scrapbooked newspaper clippings, photographs, correspondence, and books that chronicle Cussen's career progression in TWA starting in 1932. A TWA pamphlet published in 1952 traces the history of the company.