Wright Family Writing Desk, made 1895-1915

Summary

This ladies' writing desk is the starting point for a transportation revolution. On May 30, 1899 a Dayton, Ohio bicycle shop owner named Wilbur Wright sat down at his sister's desk and wrote a letter to the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Wilbur's letter sparked a series of events that led to the world's first powered flight in 1903.

This ladies' writing desk is the starting point for a transportation revolution. On May 30, 1899 a Dayton, Ohio bicycle shop owner named Wilbur Wright sat down at his sister's desk and wrote a letter to the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Wilbur's letter sparked a series of events that led to the world's first powered flight in 1903.

Artifact

Slant-front desk

Date Made

1895-1915

Creators

Unknown

Place of Creation

United States 

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Wright Home

Object ID

38.792.4

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Orville Wright.

Material

Ash (Wood)
Brass (Alloy)
Stain (Coating)
Walnut (Wood)

Technique

Inlay (Process)

Dimensions

Height: 41 in

Width: 27.5 in

Depth: 16.5 in

Wright Home

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