La Marmite dinner menu, 20 November 1908
Lot 1008
DINNER FOR WILBUR WRIGHT AND FRIENDS. Cover of a menu, "Diner de la marmite," designed by G. Fraipont,
US$ 4,000 - 6,000
£2,600 - 3,800

Lot Details
DINNER FOR WILBUR WRIGHT AND FRIENDS.
Cover of a menu, "Diner de la marmite," designed by G. Fraipont, 11 inches square, printed specially for a dinner on November 20, 1908, which was attended by the luminaries of the aviation world. Laid down and with window-mount pasted over.

SIGNED by WILBUR WRIGHT, his backer LAZARE WEILLER, the mathematician PAUL PAINLEVE who was Wright's first French passenger, the celebrated French balloonist LOUIS CAPAZZA, and the pioneer aviator and monoplane designer ROBERT ESNAULT-PELTERIE. Additionally dated by Wright, "20 November 1908."
While Orville was recovering from a near-fatal crash at Fort Myer, Wilbur was the toast of Paris, attending numerous dinners in his honor after successful demonstrations at Hunaudières and Auvours. At such a dinner on November 5, Wilbur had confessed to the Aéro-Club de France "that in 1901 I said to my brother Orville that man would not fly for fifty years. Two years later we ourselves made flights."
See illustration overleaf.
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