[meteorite-list] Who was the first meteorite in flight photographer?

From: mexicodoug <mexicodoug_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2007 12:59:33 -0600
Message-ID: <006d01c84b16$1e4d5f50$4001a8c0_at_MICASA>

Would that be the cowboy Charlie Brown's photo that Nininger used to show
around, which was a somewhat helical smoke train?

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From: "Francis Graham" <francisgraham at rocketmail.com>
To: <meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com>
Sent: Sunday, December 30, 2007 12:57 PM
Subject: [meteorite-list] Who was the first meteorite in flight

> Hello!
> Mechanix Illustrated, April, 1939, p. 94, contains
> this curious statement:
> "Apparently, only one photographer has ever been
> lucky enough to snap the picture of a falling
> meteorite."
> As of 1939, is that true?
> And who might that be? The writer does not say.
> Charles P. Olivier's "Meteors" (Williams and
> Wilkins, Baltimore: 1925) has as its frontspiece the
> "Great Bolide of Sept. 12, 1923" racing on a plate of
> the Andromeda Galaxy, M31. This photo was taken by
> Josef Klepesta at the Prague Observatory. But to my
> knowledge that did not produce a known meteorite.
> There are other meteor photos in Olivier's book: Plate
> 2 is a "Great Meteor" Feb. 21, 1922 by Bosler and
> Mechvile at Paris Observatory; a meteor trail appears
> in Plate 3 in an exposure of NGC 6995 by E.E. Barnard,
> plate 9 shows one on Nov. 16,1922 by W.J.S. Lockyer.
> But none of these made meteorites.
> There has to be scores of pre-1939 astrograph plates
> with meteor trails. So the question is, to what were
> the editors of Mechanix Illustrated referring? Or do
> they simply have it wrong?
> I also suspect, that, even to this day, there are
> less than a dozen pictures of recovered meteorites on
> the way down. Or have I under-estimated that?
> Francis Graham
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