Sep 30, 2021 - Sale 2580

Sale 2580 - Lot 56

Price Realized: $ 812
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900
(AVIATION.) Ceremonies Attending the Presentation of the Wright Brothers' Aeroplane of 1903 by the Estate of Orville Wright. Photograph of the Wright Flyer, 4 x 7 inches, laid down on final page (coming detached). [4] printed pages. Original printed wrappers, 10 x 7 inches; minor wear and toning. Washington, DC, 17 December 1948

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The original program for the presentation of the famed Wright Flyer at the Smithsonian. This brought to an end 45 years of feuding between the Wrights and the Smithsonian, which had for many years promoted the competing claims of Samuel Langley as the pioneer of flight. The program is illustrated with the classic 1903 photograph of the airplane in flight as well as portraits of Wilbur and Orville Wright, plus the laid-down photograph of the airplane as it appeared in its new exhibition space. Only one copy of this program is listed in OCLC--and that is held by the Smithsonian.