Apr 17, 2014 - Sale 2345

Sale 2345 - Lot 57

Price Realized: $ 7,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,500
Group of 25 photographs depicting pilots and various Wright Bros. flying machines, including pioneer instructor Oscar A. Brindley, plus Col. Charles De F. Chandler, Lloyd S. Briadner, Howard M. Rinchardt, C.P. Rodgers (who was the first to fly a "Wright" coast-to-coast), and Orville Wright, as well as would-be pilots (including one depicting Mayfield in the driver's seat), and an early single prop, the Model "B", Model "E," and the Parmalee (the first commercial Flier), many of which were taken at Simms Station or the Dayton Fairgrounds. Silver prints, 2 3/4x5 1/4 to 4x10 to 8x10 inches (7x13.3 to 10.2x25.4 to 20.3x 25.4 cm.), nearly all with Mayfield's hand stamp and penciled notations by Walt Burton. 1910-1913; many are printed later

Additional Details

The Ohio-based photographer William Preston Mayfield began photographing the brothers and their early aviation projects in 1910. Images in this group are reproduced in Wright Brothers Legacy, including the picture of Phil O. Parmalee, who is shown about to take off from Simms Field on the first commercial flight (Orville is at left with an oil gun). Parmalee was delivering ten bolts of silk to a department store in Columbus, Ohio. The store, which was owned by Frank Hermes, paid the Wrights $5,000 for the flight and made a profit of $1,000 by selling small bits of silk as souvenirs.