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Cup, Providence Old Home Week Hill Climb, 1907

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This object is on display in the Early Flight exhibition at the National Mall building.


Glenn H. Curtiss built the foundation for his airplane engine fame on the knowledge and prestige he gained from building and racing motorcycles. By 1902 he and three other employees were manufacturing motorcycles under the brand name "Hercules". He made a name for himself by winning first place at a Labor Day race in New York on a machine of his own design, building credibility for his brand name. Curtiss gained more fame in Providence, Rhode Island where he won this trophy for the first American hill climb in 1907.

Bequest of the Estate of Glenn H. Curtiss

Date: 1907

Country of Origin: United States of America

Dimensions: 3-D: 21.6 x 12.1 x 17.8cm (8 1/2 x 4 3/4 x 7 in.)

Materials: Overall: Silver

Physical Description:This silver trophy is a cup shape mounted on a round base. The cup has two side handles and is engraved on the front with "Old Home Week, Providence 1907" and has a reflief medallion depicting an old town crier ringing a bell.

Inventory number: A19730591000

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