The Aeronautical Notebooks of Charles Dellschau
I recently learned through the grapevine about the illustrative aeronautical notebooks of Charles Dellschau, a Prussian immigrant butcher who secretly filled 12 over-sized notebooks with lush images of airships in 1899. The books contain more than 2,500 full-color images of the ships bordered and outlined in vibrant color alongside text bearing references to a secret society known as the Sonora Aero Club for which no factual references have been located. The pages are equally filled with coded text and numerology references, all strung together with shoelaces and thread. The resulting notebooks are as much of an elaborate fictional puzzle as they are fantastical works of art in book form. A book of prints taken from the manuscripts has recently become available for purchase should you need a copy of your own for inspiration or day dreaming.