Fantastic matte-finish 3.5 x 5.5 postcard photo of the pioneer of flight, signed in the lower border in extremely bold black ink, “Yours truly, Wilbur Wright.” The reverse bears text printed in French, including: “Comptoir Photographique de l'Ouest Le Mans.” In fine condition, with silvering to dark areas of the image. Le Mans was a central location in the Wrights’ experience in France in 1908. It was where Wilbur went to perform a series of flights that would prove his plane’s capabilities, and during these tests he repeatedly broke his own speed and endurance records. Signed photos of the elder Wright are extremely scarce, given his early death from typhoid fever in 1912. Examples as fine as this, with a crystal-clear image and impeccable signature, are highly sought-after and very rarely seen. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.
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