His story is one shrouded in mystery, almost lost forever, intertwined with secret societies, hidden codes, otherworldly theories and seemingly impossible inventions before his time. Unseen for decades and salvaged by a junk dealer in the 1960s from a trash heap outside a house in Texas, his entire body of work would later go on to marvel the intellectual world. But during his lifetime, Dellschau had only been known as the grouchy local butcher.... Remarkable story, with photos, continues at

TIMELINE (with photos) of Dellschau's life:

Charles August Albert Dellschau (4 June 1830 Prussia-20 April 1923 Texas); American artist of Prussian birth. One of America's earliest known outsider artists, creating drawings, collages and watercolors of airplanes and airships that were discovered decades after his death.

Immigrated from Brandenburg, Prussia to Texas in 1853.... After his retirement in 1899, he filled at least 13 notebooks with drawings, watercolor paintings, and collages depicting fantastical airships....

Dellschau's writings describe activities of the Sonora Aero Club, of which he was a purported member, as a secret group of flight enthusiasts who met at Sonora, CA in the mid-19th century. One of the members had discovered the formula for an anti-gravity fuel he called "NB Gas." Their mission was to design and build the first navigable aircraft using the NB Gas for lift and propulsion. Dellschau called these flying machines Aeros. Dellschau ... identifies himself only as a draftsman for the Sonora Aero Club. His collages incorporate newspaper clippings (called....

Despite exhaustive research, including searches of census records, voting rosters, and death records, nothing has been found to substantiate the existence of this group except for.... (
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Martha Schulman


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