June 20, 2013 08:00 PM EDT Cincinnati


Wright Brothers, 50th Anniversary of their First Flight in Europe, Souvenir Album Presented to Mayor Patterson, Dayton, Ohio, 1958

A souvenir album containing over 50 items organized in August 1958 for Dayton, OH Mayor R. William Patterson, by Francois Collaveri, Prefect of Sarthe, Le Mans, France, and Henri Delgove of the "Wright Promoting Committee," Le Mans. Found in the basement of a home previously owned by the Patterson Family of Dayton, OH.

The souvenir album contains the following items produced for the 50th anniversary celebration held to commemorate the first public flight by Wilbur Wright in Europe, at Le Mans, France, August 8, 1908 (each housed in separate sleeve): 

2 typed letters addressed to Mayor Patterson, the first, dated August 4, 1958, from Henri Delgove, who was a member of the "Wright Promoting Committee" and an eye-witness to Wilbur Wright's first flights in Europe near Le Mans in 1908. Delgove outlines the contents of the album, explaining that it was created for Mayor Patterson and the Dayton citizens as a token of a friendship issuing from the mutual interest we have, in Le Mans and Dayton, in the wonderful life and achievements of your famous citizens, the late Wilbur and Orville Wright. The second letter, dated August 7, 1958, which also introduces the souvenir album, comes from Francois Collaveri, Prefect of Sarthe. A typed list of the members of the "Wright Promoting Committee" and a transcript of the Prefect's introduction to the anniversary celebration, published in newspapers of the day, are included as well. 

Plus: July 6, 1958 program of events, 5.25 x 8.25 in.; 39pp exhibition catalog titled Wilbur Wright et Les Debuts de L'Aviation, held at the Musee de Tesse, Le Mans, July 6-September 15, 1958, 6 x 9.5 in.; 18 silver gelatin photographs showing various moments during the ceremonies, each approx. 5 x 7 in., mounted on 8.25 x 10.75 in. sheet of paper, and accompanied by a typed caption; approx. 29 French newspaper clippings covering the anniversary celebration and those involved, some mounted on 8.25 x 10.75 in. sheets of paper, also accompanied by typed captions.   

Condition:Page one of the typed letter from Collaveri, which was stapled to page two, has ripped, so the top left corner is no longer attached to remainder of page one. Album and contents have remained in very good to near excellent condition.

Estimate: $600 - $800
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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