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Leslie Payne’s Aviator Goggles

Object Details

Artist
Leslie J. Payne
Date
Mid-20th century
Medium
plastic, glass, textile, metal
Dimensions
2 3/8 × 2 15/16 × 2 1/16 in. (6.1 × 7.5 × 5.3 cm)
2 3/8 × 2 15/16 × 2 1/16 in. (6.1 × 7.5 × 5.3 cm)
Cite As
Leslie Payne Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Leslie Payne, Jr.
Caption
These aviator goggles were once part of artist Leslie Payne’s “flights of imagination.” The self-taught artist wore goggles and handcrafted flight suits while piloting airplanes that he made across fields and along local roads. Originally, the two lenses linked across the nose, and a strap held them on the wearer’s head. The goggles were genuine, made by Willson Products of Reading, Pennsylvania, a company noted for its protective eyewear. Payne (1907-1980), who was African American, grew up during segregation in rural Virginia. He used ordinary, or “found,” objects to transform his environment and find freedom on his own terms.
Accession Number
1992.0060.0178
Type
goggles
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Data Source
Anacostia Community Museum
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl86aba3bf7-c37f-4a96-a70c-fe6cdabefaec
Record ID
acm_1992.0060.0178
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