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Charles Francis Ritchel was a mechanic and general inventor, who by the mid-1880s claimed to have obtained 150 patents on such devices ranging from windup toy motors, to his boring machine used in the manufacture of brushes, to his airship experiments.

Identifier

NASM.XXXX.0325

Processing Information

Arranged, described, and encoded by Jessamyn Lloyd, 2020.

Creator

Ritchel, Charles Francis

Date

1878-1901

Provenance

Paul E. Garber, Gift, unknown, XXXX-0325, unknown

Extent

0.47 Cubic feet (1 flatbox)

Summary

Charles Francis Ritchel was a mechanic and general inventor, who by the mid-1880s claimed to have obtained 150 patents for various devices. This scrapbook consists of material relating to Ritchel's flights and activities between 1878 and 1901.

Restrictions

No restrictions on access

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Patents

Articles

Scrapbooks

Arrangement note

Collection is in original order.

Scope and Contents

This scrapbook consists of material relating to Ritchel's flights and activities between 1878 and 1901, including his patent for propelling an airship by foot pedals. Also included are articles relating to his other inventions.

Genre/Form

Patents

Articles

Scrapbooks

Rights

Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

Names

Ritchel, Charles Francis

Topics Aeronautics -- pre-1903
Aeronautics
Inventors
Airships -- pre-1903
Airships

Citation

C. F. Ritchel Ballooning Scrapbook, NASM.XXXX.0325, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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