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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Wright Brothers

Clarence and Alonzo: 1900

Clarence and Alonzo: 1900

Clarence "Grandpa" Liv and Alonzo "Teddy" Tucker behind the Wright Cycle Company on West Third Street in Dayton, Ohio, circa 1897-1901. 4x5 dry-plate glass negative by Wilbur and/or Orville Wright. View full size.

 

Kitty Hawk Drum Fish: 1900

Kitty Hawk Drum Fish: 1900

Tom Tate, the son of Captain Tate's half-brother Daniel Tate, poses with a drum fish in front of a 1900 Wright glider. Photograph by either Orville or Wilbur Wright, 1900. View full size.

 

Hill of the Wreck: 1900

Hill of the Wreck: 1900

A crumpled glider destroyed by the wind on Hill of the Wreck in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The hill was named after a shipwreck, not the fate of the glider. Photograph by either Orville or Wilbur Wright, Oct. 10, 1900. View full size.

 
 
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