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    Alexander Graham Bell Typed Letter Signed. One page, 8" x 9", Washington, D.C., January 9, 1906, to journalist Frank G. Carpenter. The letter, regarding Bell's enthusiasm for aeronautics, reads in part, "Don't give yourself any concern about the article on the Aerial Exhibition, at New York, which was evidently inspired by Professor [Albert] Zahm himself. I did not understand, however, that his remarks relating to the Aero Club were intended to be confidential, but only his remarks, concerning the experiments of the Wright Brothers. I hope to show some Lantern Slides to-morrow, Wednesday Evening, illustrating Kite Experiments at Beinn Breagh [Bell's estate in Nova Scotia]."

    Among Alexander Graham Bell's many interests was aeronautics. Before the Wright Brothers' first successful flights in late 1903, Bell was working on his own flying machine whose construction was based on cellular (box) kites made of silk. Bell was the most distinguished member of the Aero Club of America, which, though it was composed mostly of wealthy New York sportsmen, invited the Wright Brothers to join in January 1906. Professor Albert Zahm was one member of the club who was
    skeptical of the Wright Brothers' flying successes; he spent later years trying to discredit the Wrights, who were regarded as the first to successfully fly a controlled airplane. Bell's letter has been affixed to a paperboard backing. A thin portion along the right edge has been excised, though no text is affected. Attached to the verso is a Secretary of Agriculture James Wilson Autograph Note Signed.

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