17 Glider Airship Early Aviation Photographs Circa 1900-1910
Four photographs - Wright / Curtis Type planes in flight.
2-1/4 x 2-7/8 inches. Wright type Flyer. [Silhouetted against sky] “Aurora, Ill., 1908” on reverse side.
2-1/2 x 2-5/8 inches. Wright type Flyer. [Silhouetted against sky]
2-1/4 x 3 inches. Curtis type Flyer. [Silhouetted against sky with marker, structure & partial horizon]
2-1/4 x 3-1/8 inches. Curtis type Flyer. [Silhouetted against sky]
Three photographs - Wright / Curtis Type planes on Belmont Park track.
2-1/4 x 3-9/16 inches. Spectators look toward plane in field.
2-3/16 x 3-1/2 inches. Police looking toward plane partially obscured by railing.
2-1/8 x 3-1/16 inches. Soldiers around plane. “Belmont Park, N. Y.” on reverse side.
Four photographs: Glider
2-3/8 x 3-15/16 inches, oval. Manned glider off ground. “Muskegon, Mich., 1910” on reverse.
2-1/8 x 3-11/16 inches. (edge chips). Standing with glider. “Ed’s Glider” on reverse side.
2-1/8 x 3-3/4 inches. Running downhill with glider.
2-3/16 x 3-3/4 inches. Working on glider.
Six photographs: Glider tests, sand dunes.
2 x 3-11/16 inches. Poised on sand dune.
2-1/4 x 3-7/8 inches. Wing-tip hits sand.
2-5/16 x 4 inches. (edge chip). Lift off.
2-3/16 x 3-5/16 inches. Off ground, out of control.
2-1/8 x 3-3/4 inches. “where we kept the airship” on reverse side.
2-1/8 x 2-11/16 inches. Glider toppling.
17 original unpublished photographs.
Provenance: From the estate of Burtcel Edgar Williams (1877-1949) born on-board a boat in Cleveland, Ohio. Burt was a seaman and licensed Pilot and he traversed from the Great Lakes down the Mississippi to the eastern Atlantic and settled in Daytona Beach, Florida. He photographed several early aviators, met the Wright Brothers, and friend to many race car enthusiasts. Burt owned the first machine shop, The Daytona Beach Garage. A Spanish American War Veteran and an artisan he made and sold fine furniture and counted John D. Rockefeller as one of his customers.
Race drivers Sir Malcolm Campbell, Frank Lockhart, Sir Henry Segrave, Ray Keech, and Lee Bible supported Burt Williams’ vision to build an International Temple to Speed in Daytona Beach. The memorial never passed the planning stage due to the economic downturn in the early 1930s but it had gained the support of John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford, Henry Flagler, Andrew Carnegie and Will Rogers.