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Photograph from the Newark Star-Eagle Tuesday May 5, 1931.

There are hundreds of Google hits for both Bannister and Harding.

 
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HARRY C. BANNISTER

Bannister & Harding 5/5/1931

Harry C. Bannister landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield solo between July 11 and 18, 1932.  He was flying Travel Air NC24274.  He was eastbound from Los Angeles, CA to New York.

Bannister was born September 29, 1889 in Holland, MI, and died February 26, 1961 in New York. He was a screen, stage and television producer, director and performer.  His work is summarized here on the Internet Broadway Database.

Bannister was married in 1926 to performer Ann Harding (born August 7, 1901 in Fort Sam Houston, TX; died September 1, 1981 in Sherman Oaks, CA) whom he divorced in 1932.  Her work is summarized here. They had one daughter, Jane (one source says Phoebe).

The photo, left, shows this handsome couple Bannister and Harding in Los Angeles on May 5, 1931. The picture caption states they have just completed a 4,000 mile air tour started from New York (although they don't look any the worse for wear).

The airplane cowl in the original news article shows the classy damascene finish, which is difficult to see in this screen shot.

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