ORVILLE WRIGHT - CHECK SIGNED-WRIGHT CYCLE/ORVILLE WRIGHT 04/20/1905 CO-SIGNED BY: WILLIAM WEBBERT - HFSID 6104
ORVILLE WRIGHT $38 check written by Wright to William Webbert, a Dayton resident who testified to the truth of the Wright's flight claims at a time when these were still widely disbelieved. Check filled out and signed: "Wright Cycle Co./O.W.", 8¼x3. Endorsed: "Wm Webbert".
Sale Price $1,530.00
$38 check written by Wright to William Webbert, a Dayton resident who testified to the truth of the Wright's flight claims at a time when these were still widely disbelieved.
Check filled out and signed: "Wright Cycle Co./O.W.", 8¼x3. Endorsed: "Wm Webbert". Dayton, Ohio, 1905 April 29. Un-numbered check, drawn on the Winters National Bank, payable to William Webbert for $38.00. With his brother Wilbur (1867-1912), Orville Wright (1871-1948) formed the Wright Cycle Company in 1892 and manufactured bicycles. The brothers 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. There was much initial skepticism regarding the Wright brothers' claim to have achieved heavier than air flight. As late as 1906, Scientific American referred to their "alleged flight", and a New York paper titled an article "Flyers or Liars?" The Wrights then compiled a list of Dayton residents who testified that they had witnessed flights. Business man William Webbert was one such signatory. Light tear at center. Bank processing stamps on verso (light show through). Lightly creased. Lightly worn. Cancellation hole clips "t Cy" in Wright Cycle Co. Otherwise, fine condition.
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