Voisin vs. Wright A: Crossing Horns.

The French thought they were the masters of aviation in 1908. All changed when Wilbur Wright and his Flyer came to France. This lovely cardboard lithograph depicts jokingly the joust between the “natives” and the foreigner. At the left pilot (then) Henri Farman sitting atop aircraft designer Gabriel Voisin and at the right Wilbur Wright on the shoulders of his sponsor, inventor and industrialist Lazare Weiller – he and some associates owned the Wright’s rights in France. Wilbur totally destroyed the French ego, yet Weiller lost: his licence-built business was a failure.

Artwork by LUPIN.

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