Great image of biplane flying over a field where spectators in cars and horse-drawn carriages have gathered.
I believe this is a photo from the Shan Kive event held in 1912 at the last week of August, near Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs. These gatherings were originally organized by the Ute American Indian tribe. The revived Shan Kives of 1911-12-13 were staged by the citizens of Colorado Springs to lure tourists to the area in an attempt to relieve a depressed economy.
Written on front UR: “Aeroplane Exhibition Colo. Springs, Colo.”
Also a postmark on front UR ‘TOPEKA MAR ---'
On back, publisher ‘FASFOTO’. Based on ‘AZO’ photographic paper used, confirms dates is 1904-1918.
Written on back UR “Topeka Kansas”.
Topeka Kans. 3/14/13 Please send card separately through the mails and not in an envelope as I have to pay the postage all over again. ARTHUR SODERSTRUM (stamp) 416 Commerce Bldg.
Appears to have been mailed without stamp to France. Stamped as received 20/3/13 and answered on 15th July 1913
Bend UL corner. Small tear left border, small tar right border. Crease lower border. Stain left side.
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)