Scarce 1908 French dinner menu signed by Wilbur Wright
Menu created for a special "Diner de la Marmite" hosted for pioneering aviators on November 20, 1908, measuring 15.75 x 11.75 open, neatly signed at the bottom in ink, "20 Nov. 1908, Wilbur Wright." The printed text makes note of several of the attending luminaries, including Ernest Archdeacon, Louis Bleriot, Leon Delagrange, Henri Deutsch de la Meurthe, Robert Esnault-Pelterie, Henry de La Vaulx, and Wilbur Wright. In fine condition, with three vertical folds, and a small stain to the bottom edge.
Wilbur Wright had traveled to France to host demonstration flights of the Wright Flyer, designed to prove his plane's capabilities. On December 18, 1908, Wright flew his plane to an altitude of 115 meters (approximately 360 feet) and set a new altitude record. A few weeks later, on December 31st, he won the Michelin Prize of 20,000 francs for the longest flight of the year, which departed from Camp d'Auvours and lasted 2 hours, 18 minutes, and 53 seconds.