Walter C. Williams with Brigadier General Albert Boyd


Walter C. Williams with Brigadier General Albert Boyd

(1950) Walter C. Williams, (behind airplane model) Head of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics High-Speed Flight Research Station at Edwards Air Force Base in California is examining a Northrop X-4 research airplane with Brig. Gen. Albert Boyd, Commander of Edwards Air Force Base. At Edwards, the Air Force Air Material Command ran a brief program on the X-4 during the summer of 1950 before delivering it to the NACA. Data was collected on these 14 flights, so they were logged as NACA test flights. General Boyd made flight number 13. Air Force and NACA pilots completed a total of 82 flights on X-4 #2 (46-677) between August 1950 and September 1953. There are three things that made the Mojave Desert, where Edwards Air Force Base is located, so well suited for flight research. The first was the area’s flying conditions–clear skies with great visibility almost every day of the year. The second was the 44-square-mile Rogers Dry Lake, a natural landing site that General Boyd referred to as "God’s gift to the Air Force." The third was the unpopulated area surrounding the lakebed, which led to fewer complaints about aircraft noise (including sonic booms) than would have occurred in more populated areas. There was also less chance of injury to the surrounding population in the event of an aircraft accident.

Potatoes should be dug without delay

Good dating (and social history) in the posters outside this R.I.C. Barracks at Brookeborough in Co. Fermanagh.

A Department of Agriculture poster warns about Potato Blight and that "potatoes should be dug without delay". Can’t read the last 3 lines (it’s like an eye test), but it starts:
"Every Day the Crop now remains
in the ground ???
? the tubers turning "black"…

A little poster seems to be offering a £1 Reward for a Bull Calf (and while we’re talking about animals, there’s a spaniel? relaxing on the windowsill).

A poster between two of the constables is advertising militia training. Think the poster on the right is also for militia training and it looks as if Royal Innis… is the start of Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers? May be able to date this poster by S.G. Roe who signed the proclamation. Also God Save The King plus E.R. at the top means Edward VII was in power, so this one is definitely 1901-1910.

Date: 1901-1910

NLI Ref.: L_ROY_09992

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33 Responses to “Walter C. Williams with Brigadier General Albert Boyd”

  • eyelightfilms says:

    Trying but failing to make witty remark about the third policeman.

    Three identical moustaches though.
    They could almost be brothers.

  • National Library of Ireland on The Commons says:

    [] The chap on the right has the most luxurious moustache!

  • National Library of Ireland on The Commons says:

    [] Wow, it really is unchanged! Even the gabling and the archway are still there…

  • derangedlemur says:

    Ah, police barrackses. They don’t make ’em like they used to.

  • National Library of Ireland on The Commons says:

    "… Major Wilding, commanding the Inniskilling Fusiliers, however, on his own initiative, had sent down two companies to Venizel bridge [on the Marne], and their appearance was the signal for the Germans to attempt its demolition. But of four charges laid only one exploded and the fuzes [sic] of the rest were found and removed after dark by Captain Roe by the light of an electric torch, within close range of the Germans entrenched on the northern bank…"
    (from History of the Great War: Military operations, France and Belgium, 1914 on the Internet Archive)

    Captain S.G. Roe of the 2nd Inniskilling Fusiliers was killed in action on 20 October 1914.

  • OwenMacC says:

    In the 1893 "Devia Hibernia: The Road and Route Guide for Ireland of the Royal Irish Constabulary" a Sergeant William M’Cutcheon was in charge at Brookborough, Magherastephena: South Division: Co. Fermanagh: Ulster.
    It seems the station was unoccupied the night 2/4/1911 or Form A is missing.…

  • DannyM8 says:

    I cannot get the links to this report to open – but it seems that there was an issue with the crop in 1904, where 1500 posters were issued. Could help narrow the date to near harvest time 1904

    First annual general report of the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction (Ireland): report for 1904-05

    Ireland owing to the partial failure of the potato crop in 1904. …… Materials used for the spraying of the potato crop as pre¬ ventives of potato blight have been ana- … attention was further called to the fact by the issue of about 1,500 posters

  • National Library of Ireland on The Commons says:

    [] Very interesting not on the Barracks Return Form H for the 1911 census:
    "As Sergt in Permanent Charge of Brookeborough Barrack, John Teggart is returned on Family For A. The other three Constables stationed at Brookeborough are also Enumerated on the Family Form A.
    Bernard Lappin Const. Enumeration"

    Wonder if one of these chaps is Sergt. John Teggart? And are those the sergeant’s children?

  • National Library of Ireland on The Commons says:

    [] So, this might be one of the 1,500 posters then? I did a quick search of the Irish Newspapers Archive and there are mentions from all over Ireland of a blight problem in 1904.

    And you’re welcome for the spaniel!

  • DannyM8 says:

    [] Sure there are so many DOGS these days it’s a chore to comment on them!! I think I should put that book in the post now!!!

    PS The report could be 1905 as much as 1904 – you could run that Newspaper search again?

  • National Library of Ireland on The Commons says:

    [] Not an exhaustive search, but very little for 1905 – seems to have been worse in England in that year…

  • OwenMacC says:

    [] I don’t see any sergeant stripes which, on the uniform of the time, were on the right hand cuff. Re, not being on Barrack return form..maybe all the constables were enumerators and were out making sure the census forms were being completed? 🙂

  • DannyM8 says:

    Nothing to do with the photo, but one of my favourites,

    The King Edward Potato was developed by John Butler of Scotter, Lincolnshire, and introduced to United Kingdom in 1902. It is one of the oldest surviving varieties in Europe. The Coronation of King Edward VII in 1902 coincided with the introduction of this variety of potato and its name is believed to originate as a ‘commemoration’ of this occasion.

  • National Library of Ireland on The Commons says:

    [] Oh sorry, rookie error in my enthusiasm! Maybe they’re the "other three Constables" then…

  • OwenMacC says:

    [] Im sure its possible for Constables to have children too 🙂 It would be interesting to know if the two children were related to one "of the three constables" !!

  • National Library of Ireland on The Commons says:

    [] 🙂 To the census then! It says they’re enumerated on the Family Form A…

  • OwenMacC says:

    [] Could be these guys.. Constables Bernard Lappin (enumerator),John Duffy and Hugh Lewis. Three out of the four officers stationed there in April 1911 had children of an age that could be those in photograph. although the age profiles best fits those of Hugh Lewis’s children ??

  • roto52 says:

    What’s this building used for now?

  • beachcomberaustralia says:

    There is an earlier view in the NLI collection (without tree and different notices) –…
    And another view contemporary (?) with this one, which may provide a few dating clues –…

  • OwenMacC says:

    [] Great photographs thanks. The lack of our present day clutter is what I find so impressive about these early street views. There is a visual calmness.

  • woodworker_34 says:

    I love the trim on the bottom of the wee girls skirt the way it matches the fascia
    on the barracks.

  • swordscookie more off than on says:

    A really lovely shot with some very nice detail. its nice to see the children there, reminds people that rural stations generally housed families as well as the station party. This is the station that was attacked on 1st January 1957 where two IRA men were shot resulting in two Republican ballads, "Sean South of Garryowen" and "The Patriot Game".

  • excellentzebu1050 says:

    Beautiful picture
    My Compliments

  • John Spooner says:

    [] I never knew that about King Edwards and Scotter. Scotter’s other claim to fame is that it is home to one of the few natural waterfalls in Lincolnshire (it’s about 8 inches high).

  • oaktree_brian_1976 says:

    I’ve tried to find an image of the potato poster, to no avail…

  • National Library of Ireland on The Commons says:

    [] From Streetview and the curtains, etc. it just looks like a private home…

  • National Library of Ireland on The Commons says:

    [] You’re very observant! Hadn’t spotted the skirt trim/gable trim match.

  • National Library of Ireland on The Commons says:

    [] Well done for trying anyway. We don’t seem to have one in our collections.

  • National Library of Ireland on The Commons says:

    [] Thanks for doing all that census searching! I think John Duffy’s children might be a better bet – Peter (6) and Margaret (2)??

    Of course, they might just have been two random children passing by, who stopped to pose for the photographer…

  • photopol says:

    Seeing as how you mentioned potatoes I couldn’t resist introducing this wee joke of our times.

  • Peter Mc says:

    Great photo. A couple of points of interest and clarification:
    1. The station plaque on the front gable is the old type pre-1867, with the shamrock and single word ‘Constabulary’ – as per this one

    2. The RIC man on the right is most likely the Sergeant (and this may be John Teggart), under magnification you can just make out the edge of his chevrons, by the head of the ‘station dog’.

    3. Form H for Brookeborough is in here:

    I often passed this old barracks, by then the RUC station, on the bus to Enniskillen.

  • National Library of Ireland on The Commons says:

    [] Very useful, thanks Peter! If it’s of use to you, please feel free to post this photo to your RIC Forum…

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