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86/1192 Thermos flask, Stanley Vacuum Bottle, 'Stanley Super Vac', metal / leather / glass, made by Stanley Insulating Co, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, United States of America, 1915-1935, used by Australian aviator, Nancy Bird Walton, New South Wales, Australia, 1935. Click to enlarge.

'Stanley Super Vac' thermos used by Nancy Bird Walton, 1935

Designed
This American-made 'Stanley Super Vac' thermos flask made between 1915 and 1935 by the Stanley Insulating Co. of Great Barrington, Massachusetts, was used by the famous Australian aviator, the late Nancy Bird Walton AO, OBE (1915-2009). Nancy began flying at the age of 17, taking her first lesson from Sir Charles Kingsford Smith at his flying school at Mascot in Sydney. Two years later, in 1933, she was the youngest female commercial pilot in the British Empire. Nancy became the pilot for the …

Summary

Object No.

86/1192

Object Statement

Thermos flask, Stanley Vacuum Bottle, 'Stanley Super Vac', metal / leather / glass, made by Stanley Insulating Co, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, United States of America, 1915-1935, used by Australian aviator, Nancy Bird Walton, New South Wales, Australia, 1935

Physical Description

Thermos flask, Stanley Vacuum Bottle, 'Stanley Super Vac', metal / leather / glass, made by Stanley Insulating Co., Great Barrington, Massachusetts, USA, 1915-1935, used by Australian aviator, Nancy Bird Walton, New South Wales, Australia, 1935

Black cylindrical vacuum bottle with a nickel plated base and nickel plated cap. The cap can be used as a drinking cup.

Dimensions

Height

410 mm

History

Notes

"This water bottle was given to me in 1935 when I landed at Unisino Station, 144 miles west of Bourke when they were looking for a Black tracker who was found swimming in the sand because of thirst. George Henderson the Manager said to me 'Never land on this station without Water'. Nancy Bird Walton

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs Nancy B Walton OA OBE, 1986

Acquisition Date

27 August 1986

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Stanley Super Vac' thermos used by Nancy Bird Walton, 1935 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 8 December 2021, <https://ma.as/55221>

Wikipedia

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