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Orville Wright Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

ORVILLE WRIGHT
Born: August 19, 1871 in Dayton, Ohio
Died: January 30, 1948 in Dayton, Ohio
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Orville Wright (1871-1948) and his brother, Wilbur (1867-1912), made aviation history with their Flyer in Kitty Hawk, on North Carolina's Outer Banks, on December 17, 1903. While the Wrights had been testing their gliders on Kill Devil Hill for a number of years, this was their first test of their motorized, heavier-than-air flying machine. At 10:35 a.m., Orville Wright was at the controls of the 21-foot biplane with the 40.3-foot wingspan. The 605 pound craft, powered by a 12-horsepower engine that had four piston cylinders and revved to 1,090 rpm, left the ground, staying aloft for 12 seconds and covering 120 feet at an altitude of ten feet. Later that day, during one of their three test flights, Wilbur also manned the controls, traveling 852 feet in 59 seconds. In 1905, Wilbur and Orville decided to stop flying and tried to market their machine, first offering it to the U.S. government and then flying it in France. After Wilbur's death from typhoid fever on May 30, 1912, Orville became President of the Wright Company and continued as pioneer in the aviation industry.
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  • ORVILLE WRIGHT - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED CIRCA 1908 - HFSID 48256
    ORVILLE WRIGHT - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED CIRCA 1908 - HFSID 48256
    Color picture postcard of a George Washington equestrian statue, signed by Orville Wright. He added a note: "Am expecting to see your father take Washington's role in changing defeat into victory in certain Dayton affairs.…"

    Price: $1,600.00

  • ORVILLE WRIGHT - DOCUMENT SIGNED 02/06/1945 - HFSID 279312
    ORVILLE WRIGHT - DOCUMENT SIGNED 02/06/1945 - HFSID 279312
    Orville Wright signed this document in 1945 to lease 135 acres of farm and pastureland that he owned in Indiana. This document was signed three years before Wright's death and offers a look into how he paid his bills late in life. Lease signed "Orville Wright" as Lessor.

    Price: $3,250.00

  • ORVILLE WRIGHT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/16/1934 - HFSID 88109
    ORVILLE WRIGHT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/16/1934 - HFSID 88109
    . TLS: "Orville Wright", 1p, 7¼x10½. Dayton, Ohio, 1934 February 16. To Mr. W.L. Dickerson, Jonesboro, Indiana. In part: "You can sell all the estate's share of the corn on and at 45 cents per bushel or better.…"

    Sale Price $2,210.00

    $2,600.00

  • ORVILLE WRIGHT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/04/1935 - HFSID 167842
    ORVILLE WRIGHT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/04/1935 - HFSID 167842
    The famed aviator sends a letter regarding certain goods sold and the proceeds received. TLS: "Orville Wright", 1p, 7¼x10½. On personal letterhead. Dayton, Ohio, 1935 April 4. To Willard Dickerson, Jonesboro, Indiana. In full: "I have your draft for $615.…"

    Price: $3,250.00

  • ORVILLE WRIGHT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 05/29/1930 - HFSID 266277
    ORVILLE WRIGHT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 05/29/1930 - HFSID 266277
    He signs a typed 1930 letter, warning that "we are in for a lot of trouble" if officials at US air competitions keep applying an out-dated set of rules. TLS: "Orville Wright". 1¼ pages, separate sheets, 7¼x10½. Dayton, Ohio, 1930 May 29.

    Price: $2,400.00

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