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Charles H. Hubbell
Caseins

These unique paintings were Charles Hubbell's entry in an aviation art contest sponsored by the Cleveland Press newspaper to promote the first National Air Race in Cleveland in 1929.

All entries were required to be painted on newsprint. This one of a kind collection is some of Hubbell's earliest work. It is believed that he won the contest, which launched him on his art career and eventual commission with Thompson Products Co.

This set of 36 paintings of airplanes of The Golden Age of aviation are the only known Hubbell casein paintings to exist. As may be seen on these pages. Hubbell tried most popular mediums in his art, including oils, watercolors, pencil and brush pen. It is interesting to lift up the outer mats on these paintings and see the edge of the paintings surrounded by the newsprint they are painted on.

It seems like Fate had meant these caseins to end up in our collection. Of all the airplanes painted here, only one of them was painted twice. There is another completed painting of the Birdwing Imperial on the back of #25 of this set. Hubbell apparently was not satisfied with his original effort and wanted to do a better version. By coincidence, my father and I were the owners of the only Birdwing Imperial airplane in existence from the 1960s until 1996. Most people have never even heard of this plane and often confuse it with a Bird biplane.

Casein is a milk-based paint similar to an opaque watercolor. Noted for their deep colors, these finishes originally provided rich, saturated tones to bring the unique decorative patterns alive.

The set is Complete (#1-36) in an album , all in excellent condition. Will not break up, but offered for sale or trade as a set

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Charles Hubbell Casein # 1
Charles Hubbell Casein # 1

Ford Stout Tri-Motor

Charles Hubbell Casein # 2
Charles Hubbell Casein # 2

Fairchild 21 Monoplane

Charles Hubbell Casein # 3
Charles Hubbell Casein # 3

Boeing Mailplane

Charles Hubbell Casein # 4
Charles Hubbell Casein # 4

Hamilton Metalplane

Charles Hubbell Casein # 5
Charles Hubbell Casein # 5

Fairchild 71

Charles Hubbell Casein # 6
Charles Hubbell Casein # 6

Fokker Amphibian

Charles Hubbell Casein # 7
Charles Hubbell Casein # 7

Sikorsky Amphibion

Charles Hubbell Casein # 8
Charles Hubbell Casein # 8

Fokker F-10

Charles Hubbell Casein # 9
Charles Hubbell Casein # 9

Bellanca CH

Charles Hubbell Casein # 10
Charles Hubbell Casein # 10

Stinson Monoplane

Charles Hubbell Casein # 11
Charles Hubbell Casein # 11

Aeromarine-Klemm

Charles Hubbell Casein # 12
Charles Hubbell Casein # 12

Curtiss Falcon Mailplane

Charles Hubbell Casein # 13
Charles Hubbell Casein # 13

Travel Air Biplane

Charles Hubbell Casein # 14
Charles Hubbell Casein # 14

Stearman Biplane

Charles Hubbell Casein # 15
Charles Hubbell Casein # 15

Elias Aircoupe

Charles Hubbell Casein # 16
Charles Hubbell Casein # 16

Buhl AirSedan

Charles Hubbell Casein # 17
Charles Hubbell Casein # 17

American Eagle

Charles Hubbell Casein # 18
Charles Hubbell Casein # 18

Curtiss Fledgling

Charles Hubbell Casein # 19
Charles Hubbell Casein # 19

Cessna Monoplane

Charles Hubbell Casein # 20
Charles Hubbell Casein # 20

Curtiss Robin

Charles Hubbell Casein # 21
Charles Hubbell Casein # 21

Swallow

Charles Hubbell Casein # 22
Charles Hubbell Casein # 22

Ryan Brougham

Charles Hubbell Casein # 23
Charles Hubbell Casein # 23

Loening Cabin Amphibian

Charles Hubbell Casein # 24
Charles Hubbell Casein # 24

Knoll Biplane

Charles Hubbell Casein # 25
Charles Hubbell Casein # 25

Bird Wing Imperial

Charles Hubbell Casein # 26
Charles Hubbell Casein # 26

Consolidated Commodore

Charles Hubbell Casein # 27
Charles Hubbell Casein # 27

Spartan C3

Charles Hubbell Casein # 28
Charles Hubbell Casein # 28

Alexander Eagle Rock

Charles Hubbell Casein # 29
Charles Hubbell Casein # 29

Bellanca Twin-Motored

Charles Hubbell Casein # 30
Charles Hubbell Casein # 30

Kreutzer Air Coach

Charles Hubbell Casein # 31
Charles Hubbell Casein # 31

Szekely Flying Dutchman

Charles Hubbell Casein # 32
Charles Hubbell Casein # 32

Command-Aire

Charles Hubbell Casein # 33
Charles Hubbell Casein # 33

Kreider-Reisner Challenger

Charles Hubbell Casein # 34
Charles Hubbell Casein # 34

Lockheed Air Express

Charles Hubbell Casein # 35
Charles Hubbell Casein # 35

Waco Taper Wing

Charles Hubbell Casein # 36
Charles Hubbell Casein # 36

Lockheed Vega

 

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