ORVILLE WRIGHT - AUTOGRAPH CHRISTMAS / HOLIDAY CARD SIGNED CIRCA 1947 - HFSID 283742
ORVILLE WRIGHT Autograph Note signed ink on the inside of his printed 1947 Christmas card, mailed to the author of a book on airport design, six weeks before Wright's death Autograph Note signed: "O.W.", 10x6 Christmas card opened flat, 5x6 folded.
Sale Price $2,550.00
Autograph Note signed ink on the inside of his printed 1947 Christmas card, mailed to the author of a book on airport design, six weeks before Wright's death
Autograph Note signed: "O.W.", 10x6 Christmas card opened flat, 5x6 folded. In full: "I am sorry if my inability to comply with your requests has inconvenienced you. They came at the time of year when I am most pressed for time. Sincerely". Very lightly creased at corners. Fine condition. Accompanied by original envelope 6¼x5¼, addressed in his hand to "John W. Wood/Locust Valley, New York. Embossed return address on back flap. Postmarked: December 16, 1947, Dayton Ohio. Lightly creased at corners. Top edge ragged from opening. Otherwise, fine condition. Along with his brother, Wilbur (1867-1912), ORVILLE WRIGHT (1871-1948) designed and built the first motor-powered airplane and conducted its first successful flight on December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The historic flight of the 12-horsepower biplane, Flyer, covered 120 feet and lasted 12 seconds. In May 1905, the Wright brothers began construction of Flyer III, the first practical airplane that could be maneuvered to turn, bank, circle and fly figure eights. They were granted the first U.S. patent for their flying machine in May 1906. Following Wilbur's death in 1912, Orville became President of the Wright Company and continued as a pioneer in the aviation industry. During WWI (1914-1918), he was a consultant to the Aviation Service of the Army Signal Corps. John W. Wood was the author of Airports: Some Elements of Design and Future Development (1940). Six weeks after Wright mailed this card and note, he suffered a heart attack and died on January 30, 1948. Two items.
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