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Orville Wright PSA Mint 9 Signed Kitty Hawk Anniversary FDC

A "Twenty-fifth Anniversary First Flight" First-day cover, Kitty Hawk, N.C. December. 17, 1928", signed by pioneering aviator Orville Wright (1871-1947) as "Orville Wright" along a diagonal orientation at upper left. Postmarked at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December. 17, 1928, and made out to Frank Brand of Cleveland, Ohio. Bearing a black hand-stamped seal at center, and a canceled U.S. 5-cent stamp in the postage section. Encapsulated and PSA/DNA graded Mint 9. Isolated discoloration from old adhesive on the flaps verso, else near fine. The actual size of the envelope is 6" x 3.5" while the overall size of the slab is 9.5" x 4.625."

Orville Wright, along with older brother Wilbur Wright (1867-1912), are generally credited with flying the first manned and engine-powered airplane near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December 17, 1903. Interest in commemorating the site of the history-making flight, Kill Devil Hill, began as early as 1926. In March 1927, Congress and President Calvin Coolidge passed legislation to erect the Kill Devil Hill National Memorial, today the site of the Wright Brothers National Memorial, run by the National Park Service. Ground was prepared between 1928-1931, and a Rodgers & Poor-designed memorial was completed in November 1932 in time for the 30th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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