Photographic catalog of New York State Historical Markers - Discussion and submissions
New York State historic,
I would like to submit the following topic and submission for eventual approval.
Hammondsport New York small town south of Keuka Lake was the home Glen Curtiss an early aviation pioneer.
He started his road to success much the same as the Wright brothers, first beginning life in a small shop By inventing And improving multiple cylinder gasoline engines In which he applied to various mechanical devices. Some of those early engines were applied first to motorcycles and then to eventually include pioneering efforts in aviation. At one time Clint Curtis held the land speed record with the motorcycle of his own invention with a V-eight engine,And set a land speed record in 1907 of the top speed of 136 miles an hour plus!
Within the year, he eventually branched out his engine building experiments to eventually include of his own build early American aircraft one such airplane is called the "June bug."
I submit the following sign(s) to begin the submission which is located at the Glenn Curtiss Museum. There are actually at this spot two such signs erected at two different time periods one in 1936, and the other in 1957, by the state Department of Education of New York.I will Upon the approval of the submission some more photographs for its eventual support.
Howard Fritzke Junior
Last edited by Kelly on Mon Apr 08, 2013 4:47 am, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: Corrected spelling of Curtiss in subject line
Thanks Howard. It's a good start
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GPS Coordinates OF THE MARKER ITSELF
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Decimal notation XX.xxxx
Decimal notation XX.xxxx
Photos of the surroundings would be helpful.
Last edited by Kelly on Fri Apr 12, 2013 4:08 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: Latitude & longitude must be in decimal form.
Over the next few days I will be submitting supporting photographs and manuscripts for the site.
One last inquiry, does this particular JPEG fit within the parameters of the kilobyte size requirements?
Yes. It looks good. Dimension wise, it's just a hair over our recommended size on its longest edge. Something to remember for next time. But this one will be just fine. Thanks for asking!
Here's an old book on the topic of Curtiss
http://www.archive.org/stream/curtissav ... 2/mode/2up
Hammondsport New York Cradle of Aviation
(1st sign posting)
Glenn H. Curtiss
Born Hammondsport 1878
early maker of motorcycle
and airplane engines-flew
successfully airplanes and
hydroplanes here 1908-1911
(2nd sign posting)
Here Glenn H. Curtiss
Piloted “the June bug”
July 4. 1908
First kilometer flight
Note: Both of the signs posted by the state education of New York
On the grounds of what now is the Glenn Curtiss Museum.
1) Glenn Curtiss sign, posted 1957
2) cradle of aviation sign, posted 1932
Street address: 8419 State Rd.
Hammondsport, NY 14840
Next a County that this set of markers is located in is
Steuben County, New York State.
GPS coordinates of the street marker.
(use of Acme mapper 2.0)
On this historic site in Hammondsport New York now stands the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum.
Within this museum is on display many original innovations and inventions of Glenn Curtiss. Items on display include original aircraft, motorcycles, reciprocating engines for both aircraft and motorcycles, and many common items that once belonged to Glenn Curtiss.
Throughout the year this museum has periodic events that the public is encouraged to watch and enjoy!
Short biography of Glenn Curtiss:
Glenn Curtiss: Born May 21, 1878-died July 23, 1930
Glenn Curtiss interests began much the same as the Wright brothers actually, began as a bicycle racer and a bicycle shop owner in the Hammondsport area in the late 1800s. Eventually he would take that interest in motorcycles, would develop an invented his own designs and would produce motorcycle engines. In 1906 created a V-8 powered motorcycle which in January 24, 1907 set a land speed record on Ormond Beach Florida of 136 miles an hour and change! The story goes that the fear of riding this creation and setting new this record that he never rode this motorcycle ever again. To this day one of his motorcycle inventions is still true to every motorcycle still produced and that is the twist grip throttle!
Around the 1900 time interval, Glenn Curtiss became interested in inventing and manufacturing a variety of aviation combustible engines. One of which was used in the first successful dirigible manufactured in the United States
Later inventor Alexander Graham Bell, invited Glenn Curtiss to invent powerful enough engine to be used at that time for “heavier than air aviation” experiments, and later was invited to join Bell’s “aerial experiment Association”. Through this association four aircraft of different designs were made including one by piloted Glenn Curtiss himself. That particular aircraft named the “June bug”, later went on to, win a number of very early aviation awards. Glenn Curtiss actually receives the first pilot’s license # one, from the Aero club of America.
Sometime later Glenn Curtiss was inspired by the United States government that aircraft could be used as a tool of war. He taught early aviation Army pilots, was involved in early naval aviation design and experiments. He is considered even till this day” the father of naval aviation.”
Shortly after world war one, Glenn Curtiss companies went to a financial re-organizational process, at that time Curtiss cashed out his stock and eventually moved to the state of Florida.
Some great information and interesting photos, Howard. Thanks so much! We will review it and be in touch.
Howard, that's good info. One quick question on the sign photos.... are those signs located next to each other? About how far apart?
Matthew...... 1) Distance between those two signs was about 100 yards or so !
2) Will check to see if I have any photo's dealing with the grounds of the museum it self
3) There is more dealing with the Sculpture of the Aircraft on the pole, this is a small dedication park involved that at the time I was there last was rather tore up when that photo was taken. Since now we can add more at a latter date, I will cover more of that in the very near future,
Sorry for the delay, Howard. The issue that is holding this up is that our system is only designed to take single signs located at a single point. If I can figure out a way to combine multiple points on the map into one, I can get this in no problem. I have to figure that technical issue out first.
Matthew...... Hope you can clear up the technical issues, dealing with the Glenn Curtiss sign. I have another submission that in this case has two different pieces of historical data on each side of the same sign! .... Howie
One sign is easy. We can just plot one marker and fill the page with duplicate data fields.