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MS-192: Andrew S. Iddings Wright Brothers Homecoming Celebration Collection


The image shows floats that feature a model of a hot air balloon and a dirigible airship. The horse-drawn floats are being pulled through downtown Dayton, Ohio north on Main Street in the Court of Honor. These floats were part of the history of locomotion in America section of the parade, which featured floats representing various modes of transportation over time, during the 1909 Wright Brothers Homecoming Celebration. This section of the parade started with the birch bark canoe and ended with a model of the Wright Flyer. Spectators can be seen standing on the sides of the street, as well as, a soldier. The tall building in the center of the image is Green, Green and Co. Bakery at 136 North Main Street. The next building to the right is W. N. Artz Furniture store at 110 and 112 North Main Street followed by the Callahan Bank Building located at the northeast corner of Third Street and Main Street, with the large clock tower. Next is the Conover Building located at the southeast corner of Third Street and Main Street followed by the United Brethren Building, located at the northeast corner of Main Street and Fourth Street. Both the Conover Building and the United Brethren Building have spot lights on the top of their roofs that were used during the nighttime festivities of the two day event. All of the floats for the parade were sculpted by Joseph Horchert and designed by Henry Kabierske. Kabierske, of Fischer and Sons in Philadelphia, also designed most of the decorations for the event.

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Special Collections and Archives; Wright State University Libraries

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Digital Services Department; Wright State University Libraries

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ms192_133; Soldiers; Callahan Bank Building (Dayton, Ohio); Main Street (Dayton, Ohio); Parade floats; Balloons; Conover Building (Dayton, Ohio); Dayton--Streets; Columns; Signs and signboards; Actors; Streets--Ohio; Horchert, Joseph A.; Dayton (Ohio) Wright Brothers Homecoming Celebration -- 1909; Flags--United States; Horses; Court of Honor; Airships; Artz Furniture Store (Dayton, Ohio); Streets--Ohio--Dayton; Advertising; Green; Green and Company Bakery (Dayton, Ohio); Spectators; Parades; Kabierske, Henry; Hot air balloons; Horse-drawn vehicles


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