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octava-chanute-glider-inventor-souvenir-sheet-cinderella CINDERELLA - OCTAVE CHANUTE GLIDER INVENTOR SOUVENIR SHEET OF FOUR

Full gum on reverse, never hinged souvenir panel of four views honoring Octave Chanute, whose early wing designs helped develop the first airplanes.  A must for any airplane, aeronautics collector. Octave Chanute immigrated to the United States in 1838. He attended private schools in New York and began his training as a budding civil engineer in 1848. He was widely considered brilliant and innovative in the engineering profession. Chanute first became interested in aviation watching a balloon take off in Peoria, IL, in 1856. Applying his engineering background, Chanute collected all available data from flight experimenters around the world and combined it with the knowledge gathered as a civil engineer in the past. At the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, Chanute organized in collaboration with Albert Zahm a highly successful International Conference on Aerial Navigation. Chanute was too old to fly himself, so he partnered with younger experimenters, including Augustus M. Herring and William Avery. In 1896 Chanute, Herring, and Avery tested a design based on the work of German aviation pioneer Otto Lilienthal, as well as hang gliders of their own design in the dunes along the shore of Lake Michigan. These experiments convinced Chanute that the best way to achieve extra lift without a prohibitive increase in weight was to stack several wings one above the other, an idea proposed by the British engineer Francis Wenham in 1866 and realized in flight by Lilienthal in the 1890s. Chanute introduced the "strut-wire" braced wing structure that would be used in powered biplanes of the future. The Wright brothers based their glider designs on the Chanute "double-decker," as they called it. A new design of a biplane glider was developed and flown in 1897. Chanute was in contact with the Wright brothers starting in 1900, when Wilbur wrote to him after reading Progress in Flying Machines. Chanute helped to publicize the Wright brothers' work, and provided consistent encouragement, visiting their camp near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1901, 1902, and 1903. The Wrights and Chanute exchanged hundreds of letters between 1900 and 1910. When the Aero Club of Illinois was founded on February 10, 1910, Chanute served as its first president until his death in November 1910.

$25.00
saudi-arabia-1950s-postal-history-cover-to-boston-from-arabian-american-oil-company SAUDI ARABIA - MID-1950S COVER FROM ARABIAN AMERICAN OIL CO. TO BOSTON

Clean cover with Scott #s 161, 163 and 168 regular issues and RA8 postal tax stamp. 

$10.00
havana-cuba-to-paris-via-new-york-1855-stampless-folded-letter CUBA - HAVANA TO PARIS VIA NEW YORK 1855 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER

Heavy rate marking with partial New York paquet boat mark.  See scan for markings on back of letter.

$15.00
holland-1808-stampless-folded-letter-to-bordeaux-france HOLLAND - 1808 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER TO BORDEAUX FRANCE

Very clean and attractive stampless folded letter from Amsterdam Holland to Bordeaux France. Full straightline postmark.

$25.00
wheeling-virginia-1843-stampless-folded-letter-to-mount-vernon-ohio WHEELING VIRGINIA 1843 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER TO MT. VERNON OHIO

Created when Wheeling was part of Virginia (now West Virginia).  Letter is from David McConaughey (a prominent surname in Wheeling area at the time) regarding settlement of a claim. His right to the settlement is affirmed by a second note signed D. T. Tallant. Letter is addressed to Delano & Israel attorney at law. Condition is very good with no separations. Only tear is in the usual spot where seal was broken and does not affect content.  Postmark is full but light. 12.5-cent rate. 

$40.00
virginia-richmond-confederate-cover-to-mayesville-south-carolina-civil-war VIRGINIA - RICHMOND CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA CIVIL WAR COVER TO MAYESVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA COVER WITH #11 STAMP

Cover condition typical. Stamp looks like it was at bottom of sheet and torn by hand around three sides.  However, there are four margins, close only at top right. There is a B. F. Wilson listed as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 7th Regiment South Carolina Cavalry. This is quite possible the cover for a letter he sent back to his wife.

$60.00
westborough-maine-1853-property-deed-john-bowdoin-to-george-came WATERBOROUGH MAINE 1953 PROPERTY DEED - JOHN BOWDOIN TO GEORGE CAME

Good condition.  Typical deed of the day listing property lines as running from the bridge southwesterly to the brook, etc..  Signatures include John Bowdoin, George Came, Sarah Came (wife), John Roberts (witness), Lincoln Shaw (Justice of the Peace), S. C. Adams (register).

$15.00
boston-massachusetts-1848-stampless-folded-letter-tennant-parties-with-girls BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS 1848 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER - PROBLEM WITH UPSTAIRS TENNANT PARTYING WITH GIRLS

Letter is from a Boston property owner to a friend in Danville, New York, first complimenting him on his shooting ability: "You shoot well--a good gun no doubt--give it to some of the grey squirrels in the woods".  He goes on to rave about Bob Bowa -- that crassy mouthed, drunken fellow abovestairs, 2 parties, 6 girls. The fellow would not clean.  Cousin G. tried to clean him out but the devil said Silverman engaged him and he would not clean (out) without his discharge. The girls as G. calls them know that I know all about the affairs and the other night I talked pretty freely about matters with Miss Abby."  Much more about that and other topics.  Easy reading. Letter in very good condition.

$30.00
sacramento-california-full-1860-postmark-on-u2-postal-stationery SACRAMENTO CALIFORNIA 1860 POSTMARK ON U2 POSTAL STATIONERY

Outstanding postmark on this cover, delivered to Elk Grove PO in Scaramento County.  Nice early buff U2 postal stationery cover.  In opening letter, recipient tore top just into the top of the embossed image. Backflap has been reinforced with stamp hinges that can be removed.

$25.00
taunton-massachusetts-1847-stampless-folded-letter-to-providence-ri-wonderful-letter TAUNTON MASSACHUSETTS 1847 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER TO PROVIDENCE RHODE ISLAND - WONDERFUL LETTER

Absolutely wonderful letter from Sarah, of Taunton, MA, to Miss Emilie Carpenter, Providence RI.  Here's a sample of what it contained: "I was sitting at the window, and as it stormed violently, I was much surprised to have a cab stop at the door and a New Bedford gentleman (a Mr. Parker) was announced.  He is a friend of mine. He brought three letters, all saying I was expected back with him in the next train. The emergency was the great annual ball to be held there that evening..."  It goes on to describe her Cinderella-like evening including: "My dress was a straw colored lace, over a white satin".  Four pages of easy to read writing.  Envelope has an unlisted rimless Taunton postmark (light blue) with manuscript 5.  The back flap of the envelope is missing.

$50.00

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