STUNNING, ANNOTATED PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM DETAILING BELL'S EXPERIMENTS WITH TETRAHEDRAL KITES BELL, ALEXANDER GRAHAM. 1847-1942. Photograph Album, entitled "Photographs taken at Beinn Bhreagh, 1904"
Lot 4
STUNNING, ANNOTATED PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM DETAILING BELL'S EXPERIMENTS WITH TETRAHEDRAL KITES
BELL, ALEXANDER GRAHAM. 1847-1942.
Photograph Album, entitled "Photographs taken at Beinn Bhreagh, 1904"
US$ 50,000 - 80,000
£38,000 - 61,000

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The Air and Space Sale

27 Sep 2017, 13:00 EDT

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Lot Details
STUNNING, ANNOTATED PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM DETAILING BELL'S EXPERIMENTS WITH TETRAHEDRAL KITES BELL, ALEXANDER GRAHAM. 1847-1942. Photograph Album, entitled "Photographs taken at Beinn Bhreagh, 1904" STUNNING, ANNOTATED PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM DETAILING BELL'S EXPERIMENTS WITH TETRAHEDRAL KITES BELL, ALEXANDER GRAHAM. 1847-1942. Photograph Album, entitled "Photographs taken at Beinn Bhreagh, 1904" STUNNING, ANNOTATED PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM DETAILING BELL'S EXPERIMENTS WITH TETRAHEDRAL KITES BELL, ALEXANDER GRAHAM. 1847-1942. Photograph Album, entitled "Photographs taken at Beinn Bhreagh, 1904"
STUNNING, ANNOTATED PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM DETAILING BELL'S EXPERIMENTS WITH TETRAHEDRAL KITES
BELL, ALEXANDER GRAHAM. 1847-1942. Photograph Album, entitled "Photographs taken at Beinn Bhreagh, 1904" (typed paper label on front), comprising approximately 320 gelatin silver prints, nearly all 3 x 4 inches and mounted two to a page (rectos only), dated and signed in initials by Bell ("A.G.B."), Beinn Bhreagh, Nova Scotia, dated June 16, 1904 to December 20, 1904 with the majority being from the summer. In original cloth-bound album.
Provenance: Catherine D. MacKenzie (d.1949), Bell's biographer and his secretary in Nova Scotia (according to information supplied by the current owner).

Bell's experiments with kites led to the development of the aileron (wing flap) and solutions for the problem of aircraft stability generally. In this album, Bell is most excited about his "long-tailed Oionos" kite of red silk and several photographs from June 30th bear long annotations by him and diagrams. The "Oionos" form was eventually used in the "Oionos 1" a tetrahedral triplane designed for powered and manned flight. About 19 photographs have annotations by Bell and nearly all are initialled by him. Photographs show tetrahedral kites in construction and in the air in a wide variety of shapes and sizes: horshoes, rings, towers, etc. He employed local seamstresses and carpenters and even a draft horse, all of whom occasionally appear in the photographs. Just five of the photographs (appearing on one leaf) are slightly smaller and not initialed by Bell, these were taken by Bell's wife Mabel on July 28, 1904 and depict the family tugging on kite ropes. One of these depicts a small child clinging to the lead (not quite manned flight).
There are other of Bell's photograph albums pertaining to kite experimentation in the Gilbert H. Grosvenor Collection at the Library of Congress; but an example such as this in private hands is very rare.

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