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Lot 68: HANS RUDI ERDT (1883-1918). WRIGHTS / FLUGVORFÜHRUNGEN. 1909. 52x33 inches, 132x85 cm.Platinum House
October 18, 2013
New York, NY, USALive Auction
HANS RUDI ERDT (1883-1918) WRIGHTS / FLUGVORFÜHRUNGEN. 1909.
52 1/4x33 3/4 inches, 132 3/4x85 3/4 cm.
Condition B+ / B: repaired tears, restored losses, abrasions and extensive expert overpainting in margins and image; scratch marks in image; recreated margins. Two-sheets.
A 1909 announcement of Orville Wright's flying exhibition over Tempelhof Field in Berlin. The bold poster features a prominent image of the Wright's Model A biplane (the plane is pictured flying from left to right). The simple text of the poster merely explains that the Wrights would be appearing at Tempelhof Field and that the details were available in the Berliner Lokal-Anzeiger newspaper. In fact it was only Orville Wright touring for this demonstration, and he stayed in Germany from August through September. The historical record is a little vague but it seems that between September 4th and the 18th Orville made 19 flights over Tempelhof. The plane in which he flew now resides in the Deutsches Museum in Munich, and is the only original Model A to survive. l'Histoire de l'Aviation p. 20, Perier p. 12, FAI 119.