Monday, June 14, 2010

Yankee Bird

Yankee Bird was a musical piece written with no lyrics. It's main selling point was the illustration on its cover. The illustration is Wilbur Wright, one of the Wright brothers, flying in his "Flyer". This was 1908. In this era, it was common to recognise historical events by publishing a musical piece about the event. Notice in the illustration that the "Flyer" does not have wheels or tires. This invention of the Wright Brothers had runners like a sled. A track was laid on the ground and the runners placed in the track for take-off. No wonder their first flight was on the sand dunes of Kitty Hawk, South Carolina. The sand helped to provide a soft landing for the Flyer.

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