These two pictures appeared on EBAY in late February 2004. What is being offered for sale is a negative. These are two different pictures of the same negative.
The seller's description follows:
This is a wonderful Original Negative showing a North American Aviation AJ-1 SAVAGE Airplane on display at some type of airshow. Under the airplane is a sign that says: A-J-1 SAVAGE NORTH AMERICAN AVIATION, INC. A lot of spectators can be seen in period dress and on the side of the airplane can be seen the number of 124183 and the number 39. Also sitting by the airplane is a young man sitting on a bicycle that looks like an Old Schwinn Bike with the Fenders There is an excited young boy pulling on his fathers arm and pointing to the next airplane he wants to see. It is a Really Neat Old Image of a Time gone by. The negative is part of a large photography collection from the 1940's to 1950's. Overall condition is quite lovely. It measures 2 1/2" x 2 1/2". In the pictures below I am showing a positive depiction of the negative, the ring is from my camera and is not in the negative, if you develop the negative the picture will be much clearer than my camera shows, you are bidding on 1 negative, the last 2 pictures are closeup to show the detail. What a FANTASTIC Addition to any Aviation or Photograhy collection!
The seller failed to recognize (or at least to say) that the number 39 on the nacelle indicates that the aircraft was probably still in the hands of the manufacturer, North American Aviation. That was the marking that North American would have used to indicate that BuNo 124183 was the 39th production model of the AJ-1, which it was. The plane was probably manufactured at Downey, California. The photo may have been taken there or someplace at an airshow nearby. The date of 1950 seems appropriate.
I intend to become the owner of the negative. When I do I will have a print made and scan it for a better picture to show here on the web. March 1, 2004 I now own the negative, and so soon will have a clearer picture here.