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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Commemorative Bowl, Inaugural Boeing 737-200 Flight

Identifier:
2000.38.1
Description:
This simple, unornamented silver bowl has a slightly flanged lip and narrows to ring-turned base. The bowl rests atop a special square walnut pedestal, with an engraved plaque on the front. The bowl and pedestal are stored in a blue cotton felt drawstrong bag.

During the late 1960s, Boeing was working to develop new larger jet aircrafts, and eventually settled on a design called the 737.  The design went through several iterations, eventually becoming the most successful passenger airplane in modern aviation.

The inaugural flight of the Boeing 737-200, was a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Grand Rapids. On April 28, 1968, Mrs. Doris Sonneveldt, wife of then mayor of Grand Rapids Christian Sonneveldt, christened the jetliner 'The City of Grand Rapids' by pouring champaign from this silver bowl onto the plane.
Date:
April 28 1968
Materials:
Silver, Walnut, Felt
Dimensions:
5.5" h
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Gift Of Christian H. Sonneveldt
Rights:

Exhibit/Program
Century of Flight ()
Makers/Donors
Siegel Jewelry Company

Oneida Silversmiths

Sonneveldt, Doris and Christian H.
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