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Update 17 October 2004
A journal of local gossip and news for those in the archipelago
keeping track of the comings-and-goings of the air set.
It is often illustrated with photos or drawings,
and comes out at least monthly and sometimes weekly.
from the archives of Mr. S. A. Gallacci
The Island Birdwatcher
was "...an irregular publication, likely orginally
pub'ed as things happened, or every week or two, or three, as content
became available. By the mid-'30s, however, there was enough going on
to make it a weekly, at least for the Spontoon local edition, to keep
up to date on social events, with a once-a-score (actually 21 day)
greater Pacific edition for more general info on air traffic trends and
features, NOTAMS, and less time-sensitive information. The local
edition would be timed to come out just after the arrival of notable
passengers on schedualed traffic, or have special editions for
unschedualed or special events."
[Spontoon aviation historian S.A.Gallacci,
from correspondence October 2004]
Some pages from Volume
No. 16: "DISASTER!"
(More about McMillan & Aksnel's Sea
Snake floatplane here)
page 3 (illustrations)
page 4 (advertisement: Superior Engineering)
A page from Volume
XXXVI, No. 4
"Sightings: Boeing B-17" (with an attached letter)
The letter home: