Manuscripts/Mixed Material Article by Mabel Hubbard Bell, 1909
A copy of the “original” summary of the AEA written by Mrs Bell in summer of 1909 & given me as more desirable than the article which Mr Bell's Secretary Mr. Cox had written for N Y papers this copy is slightly different & not as good as her first original
In the summer of 1907, five men all intensely interested in Aviation were gathered together in Dr. Alexander Graham Bell's home, Beinn Bhreagh, near Baddeck, Cape Breton Island.
Four of them were very young men, the eldest twenty-eight, and the youngest not twenty-one, while the fifth, Dr. Bell himself, was so eager and full of enthusiasm as to seem almost as young as they in his ardour.
These men were, Alexander Graham Bell, best known as the inventor of the telephone, who for many years had been carrying on scientific experiments in Aviation; Glenn H. Curtiss of Hammondsport, New York, the young motor cycle manufacturer holding the world's record for the fastest mile ever made in any machine, won with a motor cycle of his own devising and manufacture; F.W. Baldwin, M.E., of Toronto, Capt. of the Toronto University foot-ball team, which won the Dominion Championship of Canada in 1905; J. A. Douglas McCurdy, M.E., Toronto, a Baddeck boy, who was soon to prove his mettle by flying day after day at forty miles an hour in zero weather, and 1st. Lieut. Thomas E. Selfridge, 5th U.S. Field Artillery of San Francisco, who had already distinguished himself, as a young West Point graduate, by his command of the U.S. Marines at the great San Francisco fire.