Gorgeous hand-colored lithograph entitled ‘The Wright brothers ‘Strange Contraption’ rises at Kitty Hawk, 1903,’ 11.75 x 15.75, signed near the bottom of the image in fountain pen, “Orville Wright.” Mounted and framed below the litho are three important flown artifacts, including a swatch of original Kitty Hawk Wright Flyer fabric from Wright Brothers’ employee Harvey D. Geyer; and two turnbuckles from the Curtis ‘Jenny’ and DeHavilland DH-4 presented to Louis P. Christman by Col. Edward Deeds for his work in restoring the 1905 Wright Flyer. All are double-cloth-matted and framed together with a descriptive plaque to an overall size of 22 x 39. In overall fine condition. Oversized. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.
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Bank check, 8.5 x 3, filled out in another hand and signed by Wright, payable to Wilbur H. Wright for $50.93, March 14, 1947. Expertly double-matted and framed with a Wright Brothers portrait to an overall size of 14.75 x 17. In fine condition, with a central vertical fold and expected cancellation holes. The recipient of the payment, Wilbur H. Wright, was Orville’s grand-nephew. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Extraordinary matte-finish 10 x 8 photo of Orville Wright and Henry Ford looking over a set of blueprints for the restoration of the Wright Brothers’ bicycle workshop at Greenfield Village, signed at the bottom in fountain pen by both men. In fine condition. Ford founded his Greenfield Village museum in Detroit in 1929, with the aim of ‘collecting the history of our people as written into things their hands made and used.’ Ford purchased the Wright Brothers’ home and workshop in 1937, then had it moved from Dayton, Ohio, and reassembled at the museum complex. A rare and marvelous photograph of great historical significance. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Historic vintage 5 x 4 cardstock photo of the Wright Brothers’ first flight, signed in the lower left in fountain pen. In fine condition, with trimmed edges and signature a shade light. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
United States of America “annual sporting license,” number 215, issued to Joseph William Esch by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale for the year of 1927, two pages, measuring 4.75 x 4 open, signed at the bottom of the left side by Wright. License is filled out in type, authorizing Esch for “Type of Aircraft: Airplane,” and and bears an unaffixed 1.5 x 1.75 portrait of him wearing a pilot’s helmet. In fine condition, with a mild band of soiling to the cover and aforementioned detached photo due to dried out adhesive. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.