To anyone familiar with driving on I-94 between Chicago and Milwaukee and wondered what the "University of Lawsonomy" was, this is its origin. Air Classics did an article on him and his built aircraft a couple of years ago.
Actually not. I thought of that too at some point, and then I realized that both the S-28 and the C-1 were 1919 designs.
Besides the S-28 was already different from the previous Sikorsky designs (new fuselage) whereas the Lawson possessed the typical fuselage configuration of the Russian Sikorskys.
Former professional baseball player Alfred W. Lawson loved things BIG. And huge was indeed his 12-engined super airliner project. Around 125 cramped passengers were envisaged; Lawson’s company claimed its high density arrangement would had made it more profitable than railroad trains. This photo is deceitful, the airliner’s high density was not achieved with a two decks cabin, but with laudable single “double tier cabin.” This photo was taken at the Lawson Aircraft Co factory, Garewood, N.J (1927). The aircraft was not completed. Massive and wonderful yet not very advanced. The design was overtaken by its sheer size and engineering problems.