Alexander Graham Bell - a Tetrahedron kite module with full paperwork
Lot 367*
Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) - a Tetrahedron kite cell from the Cygnet 1,
£5,000 - 8,000
US$ 8,000 - 13,000

Lot Details
Alexander Graham Bell - a Tetrahedron kite module with full paperwork Alexander Graham Bell - a Tetrahedron kite module with full paperwork Alexander Graham Bell - a Tetrahedron kite module with full paperwork Alexander Graham Bell - a Tetrahedron kite module with full paperwork Alexander Graham Bell - a Tetrahedron kite module with full paperwork
Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) - a Tetrahedron kite cell from the Cygnet 1,
built during the period 1902-1908 with test flights throughout the design refining process,
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The module - of six same-length square pine beadings, corners of pressed mild steel with stamped eye terminal.
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The photographs - a view of one of the project workman holding an early design of the tetrahedron kite, with opposing triangular vanes, photographed outside against a white sheet; a family shot showing AGB with his two younger generations in an interior; AGB in a river launch with his wife, seen reading his lips due to her extreme deafness; another family shot of AGB, Mrs. Bell and their two daughters; a large family shot taken late in his life; a photograph of a his painted portrait; and an interview shot of AGB's daughter Daisy Fairchild taken by Bill Harper for the 1960 film about his life and work.
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The Bill Harper Manuscript - dated April 24th 1962, titled Canadian Aeronautical and Space Institute Halifax-Dartmouth Branch - ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL AND AERONAUTICS.
typed on Foolscap, 12 pages, stapled.
a fascinating insight into the history, thinking and practice of how AGB attempted flight using this method of lift, naming specific events, places and people who worked with and assisted in the making of the cells, Cygnet I and Cygnet II history and legacy from 1902-1919, using personal memories, references and quotes.
each beading length 9.1/2in. (24cm), the height at the centre-point 8.1/2in. (21.5cm)

Footnotes

  • Literature:
    A Picture by Christmas - Early CBC Television in Nova Scotia, Bill Harper, 2002.
    pp. 99, 120-21. Providing the D. Fairchild interview details.
    This book accompanies the lot, signed by the author.

    Footnote:
    Synonymous with the invention of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell was responsible for a good number of other very exceptional achievements including the improved designs of the tetrahedron kite and development in breading for high milk yield sheep. He even went one stage further and explored genetics and great length.

    But no other mark had a bigger effect than from his invention of the telephone.
    In the year of his death, 1922, The Telephone News's September issue reads,
    "...To a great percentage of the people today, the name Alexander Graham Bell has meant nothing more than that of a scientific prodigy who give the world the telephone."

    So then, this lot provides a strong insight into the technical genius of AGB, who if he had come up with this idea just one year earlier, would have made that young man who first strapped himself into the kite fly a full 10 months before the Wright Brothers.

    The irony is, if Professor Dolbear had also submitted his papers to the Patent office a year before, he would have invented the telephone...
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