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Dreams of the Sonora Aero Club (+) Secrets of Dellschau – The Book by Dennis Crenshaw & Pete Navarro (W/Promo Videos)

Photo:Dennis Crenshaw holding an original C.A.A. Dellschau Aero Drawing. PHOTO CREDIT: Pete Navarro. Source: Secrets of Dellschau (C) 2009.

Thank’s to my very close friend Tim Cridland AKA Zamora the Torture King for sending me this link. He knew I’d like it.  After all I did team up with Pete Navarro to write the book on Pete’s research on the subject, “The Secrets of Dellschau” (See Below). . . . EDITOR

From The Design Observer Group By John Foster

Posted 03.17.13

Sometime in the mid-1960s, a junk dealer in Houston, Texas acquired 12 large notebooks that had been thrown out to the curb after a house fire. Filled with mysterious, double-sided, collaged watercolor drawings, the journals were eventually discovered at the junk shop in 1969 by art history student Mary Jane Victor. Victor attended the University of St. Thomas in Houston, where she worked with art patron Dominique de Menil. After telling Menil about the books, Menil purchased four of the notebooks for the (then) hefty sum of $1,500, and included them immediately in an exhibition at Rice University in Houston. Pete Navarro, a local graphic artist and mystery enthusiast, upon seeing the exhibition — eventually acquired the remaining books, studying them obsessively for more than 15 years. Navarro eventually sold the remaining books to museums and galleries. . . . Read Complete Report w/Color copies of many of Dellschau’s Drawings.


Secrets of Dellschau

by Dennis Crenshaw & Pete Navarro

NOTE: Do NOT buy the book direct from me over www.thesecretsofdellschau.com I am out of stock.

You can still get the book at Amazon.com.  But hurry they are selling fast!

Book Reviews from Amazon:

5.0 out of 5 stars Early UFOs Explained? Maybe!, March 31, 2010
This review is from: THE SECRETS OF DELLSCHAU: The Sonora Aero Club and the Airships of the 1800s, A True Story (Paperback)

Much has been written about the so-called modern-era of Ufology, namely that which was kick-started by Kenneth Arnold’s now historic (or infamous, depending on your perspective) “flying saucer” encounter over the Cascade Mountains, Washington State, in the summer of 1947.

But what of earlier years? Certainly, there have been some very good works on the Ghost-Rocket mystery that swamped Scandinavia in 1946; and the Foo-Fighters of the Second World War.

And there have been some intriguing works that deal with the so-called “Phantom Airships” of the late-1800s. But, on this latter issue, none are quite like The Secrets of Dellschau by Dennis Crenshaw (in collaboration with Pete Navarro).

As well as being written fluently, and in a very descriptive style that flows and entertains, the book has at its heart a fascinating tale, and an even more fascinating character: a man named Charles A. A. Dellschau, for whom the word “enigma” was surely created. . . . Read Complete Review

5.0 out of 5 stars Dellschau is a National Treasure, February 23, 2010
This review is from: THE SECRETS OF DELLSCHAU: The Sonora Aero Club and the Airships of the 1800s, A True Story (Paperback)
“This book is the very first indepth examination of the recollection of Pete Navarro, the man who was fortunate and persistient enough to have at his disposal almost the entire surviving body of work by Dellschu and his discoveries and observations and experiences spanning almost 20 years while the books were in his possession. An important documentation of Navarro’s research, this book also attempts to contextualize Dellschaus Art outside of the world of folk art where it has gained vast recognition and speculates if indeed a Sonora Aero Club could have existed, if the Aeros illustrated in Delllschau’s painting could hve possibly functioned and what relationship they bear to the history of navigatable aircraft. Crenshaw is a vivid writer and this book belongs in the same parthenon as The DaVinci Code, with the notable exception that it ISNT fiction, it is about one man discoveries with an American national treasure, the earliest of our visionary artists. . . . Read Complete Review
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, December 18, 2009
AMA (New York, USA) –
This review is from: THE SECRETS OF DELLSCHAU: The Sonora Aero Club and the Airships of the 1800s, A True Story (Paperback)

Before I read this book I was unaware of Dellschau and the Aero Club. Very detailed research that reads as a detective story. What were those mysterious airships in the skies of the 1800s? Did they have the secret to anti-gravity? Who were the members of the Aero Club, a secret society of aeronautic scientists? Read the book and decide for yourself. Highly recommended.

Legend of pirate gold keeps treasure hunters digging at Fowler’s Bluff

from Gainesville.com (Florida)

By Joey Flechas
Staff writer

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.

Last Modified: Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 11:54 p.m.

Fowler’s Bluff

A pirate’s curse is afoot, and it could be keeping some valuable booty several feet underground.

Here in this swampy hamlet on the east bank of the Suwannee River, where the air thickens with mosquitoes, a legend of buried treasure is firmly entrenched in local lore.

For years, through many landowners, treasure hunters have tried and failed to come up with the loot they believe was buried by 1800s French privateer Jean Lafitte — some say because such endeavors carry a curse preventing the treasure from being uncovered.

None have dug up the treasure, with the exception of one rumored recovery that may or may not have happened. . . . Read Complete Report

from youtube

Jean Lafitte in Galveston_part 1.mov

Uploaded by  on Aug 26, 2010

“The famous pirate Jean Laffitte made his home in Galveston, Texas after being run out of New Orleans by the U.S. Navy. He called his island home “Campeche” and he led a group of “privateers” on countless shipping raids around the Gulf of Mexico for 5 years. When he left Galveston, it is believed by many that he left stockpile of hidden treasure behind and intended to return to reclaim his pirate treasure – the treasure was never recovered and his fate remains somewhat of a mystery. Shot by M. Daleo for “Postcards from Texas” 2010 contact: mdaleo@wildcatterproductions.com”

FOWLERS BLUFF – Searching for Pirates Gold

Published on Mar 1, 2012 by 

Pictures of the work Suwannee River Recovery is doing at Fowlers Bluff looking for Pirates Treasure