Original Fabric From The Wright Brothers Kitty Hawk Wright Flyer - Dec. 17, 1903
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Original Fabric From The Wright Brothers Kitty Hawk Wright Flyer - Dec. 17, 1903:
My name is Michele Kelly and my grandfather was Fred C Kelly who wrote the authorized biography THE WRIGHT BROTHERS. Up for sale is the certificate given to my grandfather from Lester D Gardner. Orville Wright was a close personal friend of my grandfather as was Lester D Gardner. My grandfather was a noted midwest writer, a Washington correspondent for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and a die hard Ohio boy. It is no wonder Orville Wright chose him to write his and his brother's story. Gardner became the first editor of Aviation Week. Lester D Gardner and my grandfather were instrumental in bringing the original Kitty Hawk flyer back from England to the Smithsonian.
When Orville went to the first flyer to prepare it for exhibition he discovered that much of the original linen fabric was damaged during the Dayton, Ohio flood of 1913. After Orville's death, some of the original fabric from that first historic flight was cut up and attached to certificates and were given to individuals close to the estate.
The certificate has remained in my family from the time it was given to my grandfather until this offering. It was shown recently to an appraiser on Antiques Roadshow.
The certificate is an 8x10 letter, linen fabric measures 1.25" X 1.50". The certificate is yellowed with age and has two white spots. My father who owned the certificate was not a very good conservator put it in an old frame and dabbed glue on 3 corners to attach it to another piece of paper.
I am showing the certificate with a picture of my grandfathers and two of his books.
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