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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
CLINTON MASSACHUSETTS STAMPLESS COVER UNLISTED POSTMARK AND RATE MARK - POSTAL-HISTORY CLINTON MASSACHUSETTS STAMPLESS COVER UNLISTED RATE MARK

Postmark is light. However, rate mark is a strong curved PAID over a fancy 3. This rate marking is unlisted in ASCC.

$20.00
collection-and-distribution-wagon-postmark-taft-postal-history-cover-to-elmira-ny COLLECTION & DISTRIBUTION WAGON POSTMARK 1899 POSTAL HISTORY COVER TO ELMIRA NEW YORK

Sought-after Collection & Distribution Wagon Trip 1 postmark on this cover to Elmira, New York. Elmira receiver on the back.  Stamp is faulty and there is a tear upper left side of cover. Cannot make out name of community where postmark was applied. 

$25.00
MARITIME POSTAL HISTORY - NEW YORK CITY 1849 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER TO LYON, FRANCE VIA STEAMER AMERICA. COLONIES&c.ART.13 MARK 1849 STAMPLESS FL NYC TO LYON, FRANCE VIA STEAMER AMERICA

 THE COLONIES&C.ART.13. MARK WAS USED ON MAIL SENT FROM THE UNITED STATES TO FRANCE VIA ENGLAND. THIS LETTER WAS SENT ON THE STEAMER AMERICA (SEE MANUSCRIPT "STEAMER AMERICA" UPPER LEFT CORNER OF COVER) AND HAS A BRITISH DATE MARKING WHICH IS STAMPED OVER BY A LYON RECEIVER . THE PORT OF LANDING IN FRANCE IS BOULOGNE, FRANCE. THE LETTER IS IN ENGLISH AND DISCUSSES AN ORDER OF MATERIAL BEING IMPORTED FROM FRANCE TO THE UNITED STATES. DESIRABLE MARKINGS.

$50.00
COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION 4CT. MINT SCOTT 233 - PHILATELIC ITEM COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION 4CT. MINT SCOTT 233

Disturbed gum on back. Click on title to see additional scan. $110 catalog value.

$15.00
CONCORD JUNCTION (DPO) MASSACHUSETTS REFORMATORY 1897 COVER WITH STATE SEAL

Concord Junction postmark (a dead post office). Grocery-bag brown cover with large ORDER at center top. Cover is mising piece at top left and has small tear at top middle. Stain around postmark is obvious in the scan. Great item for prison, police or other law and order item collectors.

$10.00
CONCORD MASSACHUSETTS POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL BUSINESS COVER - POSTAL-HISTORY CONCORD MASSACHUSETTS POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL BUSINESS COVER

Pristine condition. Looks like this was stamped with the town name, but never used.

$5.00
CREAGERSTOWN MARYLAND STAMPLESS COVER - UNLISTED IN ASCC CREAGERSTOWN MARYLAND TO LEITERSBURY MARYLAND MANUSCRIPT STAMPLESS COVER - UNLISTED IN ASCC

Clear May 9 manuscript postmark on this letter to Rev. George W Anderson, Leitersburg, Maryland. Manuscript postmark for Creagerstown is unlisted in American Stampless Cover Catalog.

$100.00
CRISTOBAL CANAL ZONE TO MIAMI FLORIDA TO RAHWAY NEW JERSEY FIRST FLIGHT CACHET COVER

Blue cachet. Note that overprinted stamp is missing piece at top right. Proper Miami and Rahway receivers on back.

$5.00
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

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