A brand new concept was the subject of a presentation on Wednesday 12th October 1910 at the High Blantyre Women’s Guild. The subject that evening at 8pm was “Aviation” a relatively new industry, which was presented to the ladies by an expert lecturer and illustrated on screen by lime light views.
The Guild opened the event up to the public with adult tickets costing 3d, juveniles at 1d and the special reserved seats near the front at 6d. The presentation covered Aviation from its earliest date just a few years earlier up to current developments.
This may not seem remarkable nowadays but in 1910, such a presentation on flight and the emerging aviation industry would have been popular, perhaps even a wonder! The Wright Brothers had only made the first mechanised flight just 7 years earlier and it had only been 2 years since the first passenger flew in a plane! These ‘planes’ were most basic but just as with the motorcar, their importance was already known and being felt around the world. A few years later, at the start of World War I, heavier-than-air powered aircraft had become practical for reconnaissance, artillery spotting, and even attacks against ground positions.
Can you now imagine going to a presentation and having a lecturer explain what an aeroplane is?!