May 18, 2012

Collection Name: Drachen Foundation Collection

Collection Number: 2452

Post Type: Book

This item was entered by Matthew Sutton. They assume full responsibility for all content.

Artist or Author: Russell Freedman

Creation Year: 1991

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ISBN: 0-8234-0875-2 Language: English Description: "The airplane has been called the first major invention to be fully documented by photography. Wilbur and Orville Wright wanted to leave a detailed pictorial record of their work. While they were making history as inventors, they recorded that history with a camera.

Early in 1899, Wilbur Wright wrote to the Smithsonian Institution and asked for information about flight experiments. "I wish to avail myself of all that is already known," he said. This was the beginning of the journey that led the Wright Brothers from their bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio, to the world's first powered, sustained, and controlled airplane flight over the windy dunes near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1903.

Here, Russell Freedman tells the triumphant story of how these self-taught bicycle mechanics solved the problems that had baffled generations of scientists and engineers. Revealing the frustrations,

excitement, and rewards of the inventive process, he also probes the characters of the bachelor brothers, who "lived together, played together, worked together and, in fact, thought together."

The author has selected 94 evocative photographs by the Wright Brothers and their contemporaries to illustrate this vivid account of two young men with a dream, and an invention that changed the world."

124 pages

Geographic: United States

Materials: Paper

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