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The Wright brothers fly!



Item # 675470

January 30, 1904

HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, Jan. 30, 1904  Near the back is an article marking perhaps the most significant development of the 20th century, that being manned flight. Note this issue is the month following the Wright brothers first flight at Kitty Hawk.
The article is headed: "Progress of Science - The Problem of Flight" and the text includes: "...In a test near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the aeroplane designed by William (sic) and Orville Wright rose from the ground with its own power, remained in flight for a period of fifty-seven seconds at a speed of about ten miles an hour & finally landed safely with its passengers...the power was supplied by a sixteen horse-power gasolene motor was able to drive the aeroplane at a speed of thirty-one miles an hour...It made four successful ascents. Mr. Wright, who has acquired great experience in manipulating the aeroplane in actual experiments in the air...was able to rise and land safely in each instance." plus more, with the full text of the article seen in the photos below.
This issue still has the original front and back wrappers, the front featuring a photo of: "Nicholas II, Emperor of All the Russias".
The full front page is a cartoon by W.A. Rogers which shows a masked Teddy Roosevelt in the background.

The other items in this issue pale in historical significance, but include a nearly fullpg. photo of: "General Adna R. Chaffee, The New Head of the Army" & articles:  "How Rome is Being Made Into a Modern City"  "The Crisis in the Far East--Illumination of American Warships at Honolulu Before Starting for Subig Bay" "The Crisis in the Far East--Views and Experiences in Korea" and more.
Complete in 32 pages plus the wrappers, tiny binding holes at the blank spine, very nice condition.

Category: Harper's Weekly