In 1902, Wilbur Wright wrote to his friend George Spratt, "We fitted up our living arrangements much more comfortably than last year. Our kitchen is immensely improved, and then we have made beds on the second floor and now sleep aloft. It is an improvement over cots. We have put battens on the cracks of the whole building including the addition, so it is much tighter and waterproof than before as well as more sandproof…."¹
Questions for Photo 3
1. What can you determine about the Wright brothers' living conditions at the time this photo was taken? What does Wilbur Wright's quote indicate about earlier conditions?
2. What things can you identify in the photo? What do you think is pictured at the right of the photo?
3. Do you think you would have been willing to endure similar conditions year after year without knowing if your experiments would ever be successful? Explain your answer.
¹ Wilbur Wright to George Spratt, September 16, 1902. In Harry Combs, Kill Devil Hill: Discovering the Secret of the Wright Brothers (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1979), 159.
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