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Signed Orville Wright: "The Wright Brothers"
“I got more thrill out of flying before I had ever been in the air at all- while lying in bed thinking about how exciting it would be to fly.” -Orville Wright
On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened: the age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot.
Far more than a couple of unschooled Dayton bicycle mechanics who happened to hit on success, the Wright brothers were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity, much of which they attributed to their upbringing. The house they lived in had no electricity or indoor plumbing, but there were books aplenty, supplied mainly by their preacher father, and they never stopped reading. When they worked together, no problem seemed to be insurmountable. Wilbur was unquestionably a genius. Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had ever seen. That they had no more than a public high school education, little money and no contacts in high places, never stopped them in their "mission" to take to the air. Nothing did, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off in one of their contrivances, they risked being killed.
Published in 1958, ten years after the passing of Orville Wright we can surmise that the Orville Wright signature was obtained at some point previous to his death in 1948 and latter attached to this scarcely found book.
This cutting has been beautifully signed in Wights signature script handwriting, "Orville Wight", in black steel-tip pen, and has been authenticated by third party experts from the top authenticators in the country. Above the signature is typed the phrase, "Very truly yours." Notarized certificates of authenticity are included in a black leather portfolio with this item. Copies of the original authentications are kept on file with Billionaire Collectibles and can be retrieved by the original purchaser.
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