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    Check Signed by Orville Wright to his Engine Designer Charles E. Taylor. This historically significant check, dated December 31, 1904 and accomplished by Orville Wright, was made payable to C.E. Taylor, the designer and builder of the first practical engine used by the Wright brothers. In six weeks, Taylor built the 12-horsepower engine that powered the first successful flying machine, the Wright Flyer. Hired by the Wrights as a machinist at the Wright Cycle Company in Dayton, Ohio, Taylor's only experience with gasoline engines was an attempt to repair one in an automobile in 1901. After the first successful flights in 1903, he performed all of the preliminary engine design work for the Wrights and later taught them to build aircraft engines. Made out in the amount of $18, the check is signed "Wright Cycle Co." and is in fine condition. Endorsed by Taylor on verso.

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