One of quite a few, these are so novel and charming it just never occurs to you they'd be anything except novel and charming. Who knew one could be an eye witness account of an eye witness account? I can't find an image quite matching the article- it's somewhere. From NYPL, an 1807 image
Posting this in ' artwork ' despite the story attached. Well, because of it. In the plethora of patent images which must have crossed Clara Barton's desk at the Patent Office in Washington DC, most prevalent images are of all-imagined-ways-to-fly. We just wanted to go UP, if we could but get there. Everything from balloons to puffing machines to wings- we wanted to go UP. Improbably, in 1865 one man did.
It's long, sorry, but worth it. Honest.
This never made it to war, patent 1869. It's another indication we kept trying to go UP- until we did.
" Attached... were a pair of webbed wings ..."
Also post war, cannot find Mr. Smith's webbed wings- these seem to be the fluttering kind-