Exceptionally desirable 5.25 x 3.75 cardstock photo of the Wright Brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk, signed in the lower right in fountain pen. Some mild soiling, a bit of light contrast to the small snature, and trimmed edges, otherwise fine condition. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
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Scarce and exceptionally desirable 6.5 x 3.5 airmail envelope with a stamped cachet honoring National Aviation Day, flown in an aerial parade on December 17, 1934, to commemorate the 31st anniversary of Orville Wright’s first flight in a power-driven airplane, signed in fountain pen by 14 pioneers of flight: “Orville Wright,” “Amelia Earhart,” “C. E. Rosendahl,” “Clyde Pangborn,” “A.C. Read,” “C. Kingsford-Smith,” “Hubert Wilkins,” “R. E. Byrd,” “Frank Hawks,” “Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker,” “Captain Edwin Musick,” “Roscoe Turner,” “Lincoln Ellsworth,” “Dick Merrill,” and “H. V. Wiley.” The cover is displayed with a brown fabric swatch from Earhart’s Lockheed Vega 5B, removed from the plane while undergoing restoration at the Smithsonian and sold on limited edition prints; and a lighter beige swatch clipped from a larger piece of fabric certified by the Wright Brothers’ friend and employee Harvey D. Geyer and Ivonetta Wright Miller, daughter of the Wrights’ elder brother Lorin, as being ‘used by Orville and Wilbur Wright on 17 December 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.’ These are matted and framed together with two photos and an engraved plaque to an overall size of 24.5 x 23. In fine condition. An absolutely spectacular combination of signed and flown materials from the greatest names in the history of flight. Oversized. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Bank check, 8.25 x 3, filled out in another hand and signed by Wright, payable to his sister, Katharine Wright for $400.00, September 19, 1921. Reverse of the check is endorsed by Katharine Wright. Cloth matted and framed (so the endorsement is visible on the reverse) with two photos and two informational plaques to an overall size of 20 x 18.5. In fine condition, with a light central vertical fold and expected cancellation holes. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Air mail envelope, 7.25 x 3.75, bearing four December 17, 1936, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina cancellations, signed in black ink in the lower left by Wright. Beautifully matted and framed against a 19.5 x 16.5 reproduction photo of the first flight, along with a small swatch of original fabric from the original Wright flyer, flown on December 17, 1903, to an overall size of 22 x 18. Accompanied by a photocopied letter of provenance which states that the original larger relic, from which this piece was removed, was marked with a blue ink notation which read, “Fabric from Wright Brothers Kitty Hawk Harvey D. Geyer 3/2/51.” Period typing on the sheet above reads: “All of the fabric for covering the original Kitty Hawk plane was muslin, purchased from Hunter & Hardy Dry Goods Store E. Third Street, Dayton Ohio, and known as ‘Pride of the West’ muslin.” In fine condition. RR Auction COA.
Bank check, 8.5 x 3, filled out in another hand and signed by Wright, “Orville Wright,” payable to The Dayton Power & Lights Co. for $29.64, April 11, 1947. Central vertical fold and expected cancellation holes and stamps, with a significant area of stray stamp ink to the upper left, otherwise fine condition; the signature area is extremely clean and unaffected. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Original .25 x .25 triangular portion of the original wing covering fabric used by Orville Wright during the world’s first flight at Kitty Hawk. Cloth matted with a photo of the flight, a descriptive plaque, and a reproduction of the original statement of authenticity (which was originally signed by a co-executor of the Orville Wright estate, Harold S. Miller), to an overall size of 14.5 x 18. The copy of the statement of authenticity reads, in full: “When Orville Wright prepared the Kitty Hawk machine for public exhibition, the original fabric had to be replaced as it had been under water during the Dayton Flood of 1913. He substituted new fabric of identical material. After his death we found that he had preserved some of the original coverings of the wings. We certify that this piece of fabric was used by Orville Wright on December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, N. C. in the world’s first heavier-than-air flight in which man made free, controlled, and sustained flight.” In fine condition. A great piece of aviation history! RRAuction COA.