Charles Dellschau was an American butcher who lived between 1830 and 1923. He was a part of the Sonora Aero Club, a group of men that met to discuss and design flying machines. According to his diaries one of the members of this seceret society had discovered the formula for an anti-gravity fuel he called “NB Gas.” The aim of the group was to design flying machines that would use this anti-gravity fuel.
Dellschau was a draftsman for the club, designing a variety of fantastic flying machines for the group. After his death, all of his art works were discarded, but used furniture dealer rescued the notebooks and drawings and took them to his warehouse, where they sat forgotten for several years under a pile of discarded carpet. A university student asked the furniture dealer if she could use some of Dellschau’s notebooks as part of a display on the history of flight.
The drawings were a hit, inspiring the imagination and creating a sense of wonder in onlookers. Years after his death, Dellschau’s art works received the recognition they so deserved. Now his antique illustrations are celebrated for their inventiveness, artistic appeal and for simply being marvellous. You can learn more about Charles Dellschau on charlesdellschau.com or see more of his drawings on Facebook.