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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 CHRISTMAS / HOLIDAY CARD SIGNED CIRCA 1947  - HFSID 283742
    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 $1,020.00

    $1,200.00

  • 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." This card was postmarked 10 days before Wright crashed the Wright Flyer at Fort Myer, Virginia. His passenger, Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge, was killed and became the first airplane crash fatality.

    Sale Price $1,360.00

    $1,600.00

  • ORVILLE WRIGHT - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 07/05/1946  - HFSID 6364
    ORVILLE WRIGHT - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 07/05/1946 - HFSID 6364
    ORVILLE WRIGHTCheck filled out and signed! Autograph Signed Check: "Orville Wright", 7½x3. Dayton, Ohio, 1946 July 5. Check payable to "Prinz & Estelle" for "$135.00". Drawn on The Winters National Bank, Dayton, Ohio.

    Sale Price $807.50

    $950.00

  • ORVILLE WRIGHT - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 07/06/1946  - HFSID 6367
    ORVILLE WRIGHT - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 07/06/1946 - HFSID 6367
    ORVILLE WRIGHTCheck filled out and signed! Autograph Signed Check: "Orville Wright", 7½x3. Dayton, Ohio, 1946 July 6. Check payable to "City of the Oakwood" for "$32.00". Drawn on The Winters National Bank, Dayton, Ohio.

    Sale Price $807.50

    $950.00

  • ORVILLE WRIGHT - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 07/09/1946  - HFSID 6369
    ORVILLE WRIGHT - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 07/09/1946 - HFSID 6369
    ORVILLE WRIGHTCheck filled out and signed! Autograph Signed Check: "Orville Wright", endorsed on verso: "Carrie Grumbach", 7½x3. Dayton, Ohio, 1946 July 9. Check payable to "Carrie Grumbach" for "$30.52". Drawn on The Winters National Bank, Dayton, Ohio.

    Sale Price $807.50

    $950.00

  • ORVILLE WRIGHT - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 12/21/1922  - HFSID 7945
    ORVILLE WRIGHT - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 12/21/1922 - HFSID 7945
    ORVILLE WRIGHTCheck filled out and signed! Autograph Signed Check: "Orville Wright", 7½x3. Dayton, Ohio, 1922 December 21. Check payable to "The Dayton Power & Light Co." for "$4.50". Drawn on The City National Bank, Dayton, Ohio. Check slapped per PSA/DNA.

    Sale Price $871.25

    $1,025.00

  • ORVILLE WRIGHT - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH  - HFSID 265856
    ORVILLE WRIGHT - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 265856
    ORVILLE WRIGHT. Photograph signed: "Orville Wright". B/w, 6¼x4½ overall, image 5x3¼ (one surface). Captioned at lower margin: "First Man-Flight, December 17, 1903/Kitty Hawk, N.C.

    Sale Price $10,200.00

    $12,000.00

  • ORVILLE WRIGHT - CHECK DOUBLE SIGNED 10/28/1915  - HFSID 6004
    ORVILLE WRIGHT - CHECK DOUBLE SIGNED 10/28/1915 - HFSID 6004
    ORVILLE WRIGHT Check filled out and signed twice. Partly Printed Check signed twice: "Orville Wright", endorsed on verso: "The Wright Company/Meabel Beck", 7½x3. Dayton, Ohio, 1915 October 28. Check payable to "The Wright Company." for "$201.82". Drawn on The Winters National, Dayton, Ohio.

    Sale Price $935.00

    $1,100.00

  • ORVILLE WRIGHT - CHECK SIGNED-WRIGHT CYCLE/ORVILLE WRIGHT 03/01/1905  - HFSID 6118
    ORVILLE WRIGHT - CHECK SIGNED-WRIGHT CYCLE/ORVILLE WRIGHT 03/01/1905 - HFSID 6118
    ORVILLE WRIGHTCheck filled out and signed! Autograph Signed Check: "Wright Cycle Co.", endorsed on verso: "Charles Webbert", 7½x3. Dayton, Ohio, 1905 March 1. Check payable to "Chas. Webbert"" for "$276.06". Drawn on The Winters National Bank, Dayton, Ohio.

    Sale Price $743.75

    $875.00

  • ORVILLE WRIGHT - CHECK TRIPLE SIGNED 03/22/1910  - HFSID 6026
    ORVILLE WRIGHT - CHECK TRIPLE SIGNED 03/22/1910 - HFSID 6026
    ORVILLE WRIGHTCheck filled out and signed three times. Partly Printed Check signed twice and endorsed: "Wright Brothers/O.W.", and on verso "Orville Wright", 8¼x3. Dayton, Ohio, 1910 March 22. Check payable to "Orville Wright." for "$100.00".

    Sale Price $1,020.00

    $1,200.00

  • ORVILLE WRIGHT - COLLECTION CO-SIGNED BY:CAPTAIN EDWARD V. EDDIE RICKENBACKER  - HFSID 91400
    ORVILLE WRIGHT - COLLECTION CO-SIGNED BY:CAPTAIN EDWARD V. "EDDIE" RICKENBACKER - HFSID 91400
    ORVILLE WRIGHT and EDDIE RICKENBACKER. Comprises: (1) ORVILLE WRIGHT. Check signed: "Orville Wright", 8¼x3. Dayton, Ohio, 1937 November 11. Check No. 1731, drawn on The Winters National Bank & Trust Co., payable to U.S. Air Services for $3. Lightly creased, vertical crease at the "i" of Orville.

    Sale Price $1,700.00

    $2,000.00

  • ORVILLE WRIGHT - COLLECTION CO-SIGNED BY:CAPTAIN EDWARD V. EDDIE RICKENBACKER  - HFSID 91403
    ORVILLE WRIGHT - COLLECTION CO-SIGNED BY:CAPTAIN EDWARD V. "EDDIE" RICKENBACKER - HFSID 91403
    ORVILLE WRIGHT and EDDIE RICKENBACKER. Comprises: (1) ORVILLE WRIGHT. Check signed: "Orville Wright", 8¼x3. Dayton, Ohio, 1947 December 4. Check No. 4440, drawn on The Winters Bank & Trust Co., payable to Mabel Beck for $62.70. Mid-vertical fold, not at signature.

    Sale Price $1,360.00

    $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.

    Sale Price $2,762.50

    $3,250.00

  • ORVILLE WRIGHT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/16/1934  - HFSID 88109
    ORVILLE WRIGHT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/16/1934 - HFSID 88109
    ORVILLE WRIGHT. 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
    ORVILLE WRIGHT. 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 $615.07 together with the weigh bills. More information is needed to make out my report to the heirs.

    Sale Price $2,762.50

    $3,250.00

  • ORVILLE WRIGHT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 05/29/1930  - HFSID 266277
    ORVILLE WRIGHT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 05/29/1930 - HFSID 266277
    ORVILLE WRIGHT 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. On personal letterhead to Dr. G.W.

    Sale Price $1,700.00

    $2,000.00

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