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,
The module - of six same-length square pine beadings, corners of pressed mild steel with stamped eye terminal.
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.
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)