DescriptionOrville Wright's Bank Account Ledger. Issued by the Fourth National Bank of Dayton, Ohio, this account ledger bears Wright's name on the first interior page, made visible through a plastic-faced cutout in the green buckram cover. Interior pages list deposits and debits to the account and cover the dates from March 14, 1918 through December 18, 1918. Unfortunately, Wright's name and the ledger entries were not penned by Wright himself, but the book remains in very good condition, with small buckles in fabric at the cutout area on the front cover (not due to damage, but rather to the effects of time on unstable early plastics and glues). The Wrights most likely patronized the Fourth National Bank of Dayton because they had an early connection to its president Torrance Huffman. Following the Wright brothers' success at Kitty Hawk, they sought testing/proving grounds closer to their home. In 1904, the president of the Fourth National Bank of Dayton, Torrence Huffmann, offered them the use of his nearby farmland to the Wrights for their aeronautic experiments. It was on Huffmann's land in May 1904 that the Wrights launched their first aircraft with two engines instead of one. Although the 1904 Flyer was something of a disappointment, it represented an important step in the evolution of modern aircraft. This is a wonderful and handsome collectible with great early aviation significance. In very fine condition.
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