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Wilbur & Orville Wright : A Chronology

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234 pages - 1975 - Used, good condition
This amazing book, which is about the Wright brothers, is a chronology commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Orville Wright ( August 19th, 1871 ).


Book cover finish Perfect paperback
Special features First edition, Original edition ( O.E. or Or.E )
Condition Used, good condition
Number of pages 234
Published date 1975
Language English
Size 15 x 23.2 x 1 cm
Author Arthur G. Renstrom
Editor Library of Congress




SINCE 1949, when the Wright papers were given to the Library of Congress by the Orville Wright estate, the Library has paid tribute to the Wright brothers on several occasions.


To celebrate the 50th anniversary of powered flight, a two - volume edition of The Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright, Including the Chanute - Wright Letters and Other Papers of Octave Chanute ( New York : McGraw - Hill Book Company, 1953 ) was published under the sponsorship of Oberlin College. ( ... ) A subsequent anniversary was observed by the Library with the publication of Wilbur & Orville Wright : A Bibliography Commemorating the Hundredth Anniversary of the Birth of Wilbur Wright, April 16th, 1867 ( Washington : Library of Congress, 1968 ), listing more than 2,000 printed and audiovisual research materials on the Wright brothers.


Commemorating the 100th anniversary in 1971 of the birth of Orville Wright, the Library here presents a chronology and flight log, through which the fortunes of the Wright brothers and their flying machines may be traced : their early trials, with little of the encouragement of public notice ; the growing interest in their work by the time they exhibited their airplane and technique for the Army in 1908 ; their demonstration flights abroad in 1908 and 1909, which brought them public acclaim and meetings with kings ; their triumphant return to the United States, with the presentation of medals by the President and a memorable two - day homecoming celebration in Dayton ; ( ... ) The nucleus of the present publication was an article entitled " Wright Chronology " contributed by the compiler of this work to the July 1953 issue of the aviation journal Aero Digest, a commemorative issue marking the 50th anniversary of powered flight by the Wright brothers. ( ... )

Arthur G. Renstrom

Arthur George Renstrom ( 1905 - March 19th, 1991 ) was born at Saint Paul ( Minnesota, United States ). 

He graduated from Johnson Senior High School and attended Hamline University ( both located in Saint Paul ). He earned a B.A. ( Bachelor of Arts ) in Literature from the University of Minnesota ( located in both Minneapolis and Saint Paul ), a B.L.I.S. ( Bachelor in Library and Information Science ) from the University of Illinois ( Urbana ) and a M.L.S. ( Master of Library Science ) from the Columbia University ( New York City, New York, United States ). 

Arthur G. Renstrom then spent a year studying the library systems in Norway and Sweden. In 1930, he started working at the Library of Congress and became the head of the Aeronautics Division in 1946. He also was the Librarian at the National Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian Institution for several years and was an aeronautics consultant. 

Arthur G. Renstrom wrote three books on the Wright Brothers and helped with nine others. Fluent in several languages, many members of Congress, including Senator Lyndon B. Johnson ( 36th President of the United States, 1908 - 1973 ), asked him to translate foreign correspondence. 

Arthur G. Renstrom retired in 1974. He passed away at Langton Place ( Roseville, Minnesota ), at the age of 85. 

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