This Tattered Notebook Was Found In The Trash. But Inside There Were Visions Of The Future.

This story is one shrouded in mystery, almost lost to the world forever. It includes secret societies, hidden codes, other-worldly theories, and inventions that are far ahead of their time. It’s the story of Charles Dellschau.

During his lifetime, Dellschau was known as a grouchy local butcher. But his secret notebook, salvaged in the 1960s by a junk dealer, depicts a very different man…

More than 2,500 drawings of futuristic planes and machines line the notebook’s pages, which are held together crudely by shoelaces and thread. 

When history student Mary Jane Victor happened upon the book, she knew she had something very special, and contacted the Art Director of Rice University, Dominque de Menil. 

Almost immediately, an exhibit named “Flight” was put on to celebrate Dellschau’s unique visions. Finally, nearly 50 years after his death in 1923, he had been discovered. 

Many viewers were amazed at what they saw. 

Dellschau arrived in America in 1853 from Hamburg, and went on to live in California and Texas. It wasn’t until after his retirement, in 1899, that he began passing the time by filling his notebooks. 


Some of his notes include information about a secret society of flight enthusiasts who called themselves the Sonora Aero Club. 

Although the Wright Brothers wouldn’t make their famous first flight until 1903, Dellschau clearly had a vision of what was to come. 

Whatever the Sonora Aero Club had to say must have been too secret to even write about in his notebook, as all references to the society are written in a puzzling code. 

Mr. Pete Navarro, a graphic artist and UFO researcher, was especially enthused by Dellschau’s work. For years, he obsessively tried to determine whether there was a link between the futuristic drawings and the many unexplained “airship” sightings in California at the turn of the century. 

Navarro was able to determine that the club’s secret mission was to design and build the first work-able aircraft. 

However, much about aviation was still unknown. Perhaps fear stopped Dellschau from following his dream – after all, he meticulously recorded the society’s failed attempts, some of which ended with fatalities. 

Navarro also found a puzzling phrase repeated throughout the notebok – NYMZA. To this day, some believe it to represent an extra-terrestrial entity.


Did Dellschau and his secret society have anything to do with the unexplained aircraft sightings? No one knows for sure. But Navarro did uncover an article published in 1897 that includes a member’s name in relation to one of the mystery ships. 

Are these tall tales that an old man invented to keep himself entertained? Or something far more advanced? The answer is still not clear, even to Navarro, who spent much of his life studying Dellschau’s notebooks. 

Today, the notebooks are owned by private collectors in Texas, New York, and Paris. 

Apparently the notebooks had originally been thrown into the trash heap by a nurse who was tasked with cleaning Dellschau’s long-abandoned attic workspace. Sadly, some of his work was probably lost forever. 

In 2009, Navarro published “The Secrets of Dellschau,” which explains some, but not all, of what was found in the notebooks. 

If it had not been for Mary Jane Victor, who saved the notebooks from the trash, the world would have never known of Dellschau and his futuristic vision. He should have been celebrated long ago – keep his memory alive by sharing this story of his amazing visions with your friends and family. 

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