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Photo 3: Interior of The Wright Cycle Company building, Wilbur at work in 1897.[Photo 3] with link to larger version of photo.
(Courtesy of Wright State University Special Collections and Archives, Wright Brothers Collection)

The Wright brothers always dressed impeccably and left their business at the end of the day spotless in spite of the fact they worked in an environment surrounded by ink, oil, grease, dust, and dirt.

Questions for Photo 3

1. Describe Wilbur Wright's clothing. How does his clothing compare to the clothing that mechanics wear today in their machine shops?

2. Many consider The Wright Cycle Company building at 22 South Williams Street to be the actual "birthplace of aviation." Why do you think people might make this claim? Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?

* The photo on this screen has a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a larger version of Photo 3, but be aware that the file will take as much as 30 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.

 

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