B. D. McKay's life spans black-and-white photography to
color. These are some photographs of him.
B. D. kept two pages of his Business
Cards in his scrapbook. This helps reconstruct the chronology of
where he worked and when.
Before The War
||BD On A Horse
picture with "6 Graham" and an illegible scrawl on the back. I
can only guess this is an address, although I can't imagine why
anyone would record the address and not anything else. We believe
this to be the earliest picture of B. D. Elsewhere, B. D. did say
that McCall St. on which he lived in Charlotte had once been
called Graham St.
||BD in Sept 1920
years and 7 months of age. Larger
version. Another copy,
this one labeled Oct 1920.
||BD With A Horse
Larger version of B. D. with horse
||BD The Musician
Larger version of The Pine
Needle Serenaders: B. D.'s band, February, 1934; picture
includes Ronald Moore who is mentioned in B. D.'s memories of
||BD On His Bike
Larger copy of B. D. on his
Hawthorne Flyer, March, 1928
||BD In Flight Suit
picture is of BD when he was 20 years old, dated January 1,
Dated May, 1939
||BD Leaning on
Undated. Likely the same as the next picture. Larger version of B. D. posing on a car in the
||BD Leaning on Trunk
September 7, 1941
||BD In Uniform
August, 1954 on the back. Another copy
of the same picture exists.
||BD Before Reporting
picture is labeled on the back "left for camp Feb 4" and is dated
Monday, January 10, 1944 (BD age 27). This must be right before
BD reported to the army for World War II.
||BD (r) and ... ?
The unidentified man in this picture is almost certainly Thomas Frank Baker. Aviator's wings
are visible on the uniform.
World War II
Smoking A Cigarette In Uniform
In Uniform, 1943
workbench in Pageland, South Carolina, 1949.
The back just says "Bk picnic",
undated, likely the 1950s.
||BD With His Airplane
- Upper picture: B.D with airplane, Summer
1958, at Emma Airpark, Asheville, NC
- Lower picture: B.D. with Piper, June, 1959,
Hendersonville. (Note that Meyer Flying Service is an older name of
the Allen Airport I reference in my writing and photos of
Sunday, June 8, 1969: Associate At
Matthew's Ford. (Clipping from the Asheville Citizen-Times.)
Royal Arcanum Award:
Undated, but the photo was developed in May, 1977. Back says "Royal
Arcanum Award". The other man in the photo is not identified.
McKay promoted manager of Long's
(undated and unattributed clipping)
||BD In The 1970s
1974. The photo was taken at the McMahan residence on Beverly
The house in
Hendersonville: From the end of the field in back, looking towards
the back of the house.