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Cup, One Mile Time Trial, Providence

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

Summary

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. In 1907 Curtiss won this first prize trophy and set a land speed record in Providence Rhode Island where he went 63.8 miles per hour over a one mile course.

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: A19730593000

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