WILBUR WRIGHT - CHECK SIGNED-WRIGHT CYCLE/WILBUR WRIGHT 01/22/1908 CO-SIGNED BY: WILLIAM E. FOUTS - HFSID 6043
WILBUR WRIGHT Wright signs a $1.58 check to William E. Fouts who endorses it. Fouts, a Dayton druggist, vouched for the Wright brothers' flights when many doubted them. Check filled out and signed: "Wright Cycle Co./W.W.", 8¼x3¼. Dayton, Ohio, 1908 January 22.
Sale Price $3,825.00
Wright signs a $1.58 check to William E. Fouts who endorses it. Fouts, a Dayton druggist, vouched for the Wright brothers' flights when many doubted them.
Check filled out and signed: "Wright Cycle Co./W.W.", 8¼x3¼. Dayton, Ohio, 1908 January 22. Drawn on The Winters National Bank payable to "Wm E Fouts" for $1.58. Endorsed: "W.E. Fouts" on verso. The day Orville made the first successful flight in 1903, Wilbur later took the controls, flying 852 feet in 59 seconds. After their success, the Wrights returned home and continued their experiments at a field near their home town of Dayton, Ohio. The Wright brothers' claims of heavier than air flight were widely doubted at first. As late as 1906, Scientific American referenced their alleged flights, and the Paris edition of the New York Herald headlined, "Fliers or Liars?" Trying to get the US government to take their claims seriously, or even send someone to investigate, the Wright brothers supplied lists of "witnesses" to their now frequent flights. One of these witnesses was Dayton druggist William E. Fouts.In 1908 and 1909, however, Wilbur demonstrated Wright aircraft in Europe and Orville flew in Fort Meyers, Virginia. In 1909, the first aerial motion pictures were taken in Italy when a photographer accompanied Wilbur on a flight. Also in 1909, the Wright Brothers received a U.S. Army contract for the world's first military aircraft and the Wright Company was formed. Wilbur died of typhoid fever on May 30, 1912. He was 45. Lightly soiled. Cinched cut at center (all intact). The second "c" and most of the "le" of "Cycle" have been obliterated by a bank cancellation hole. Pencil note upper left corner (unknown hand). Bank stamps on verso, light show through. Lightly creased. Vertical folds, 1 touches first "W" in initials. Bank stamp touches Fouts' signature.
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