Because it's January, which means I'm not doing a lot of current traveling, I'm digging out some photos today from our Fall of 2012 camping trip to north central Pennsylvania. While we were there, and because it rained almost every day of our nine day outing, we were looking for sights to see in that general area. That is how we came to find ourselves at this museum in Hammondsport, NY. We had no recommendation; I simply found this museum by doing a Google search of things to do near to the area we were camping.
This museum is advertised to represent "Where Biplanes Soared and Motorcycles Roared," and it certainly does a hefty amount of that. We discovered there the genius of Glenn Curtiss. He:
-was an inventer with 87 U.S. patents
-made the first pre-announced public airplane flight
-held the motorcycle speed record from 1907-1930
-made the first U.S. city-to-city flight in 1910
-trained the first woman pilot
-developed the first flying boat in 1911
-was recognized as the "Father of Naval Aviation"
and so much more.
|The June Bug - flown in the world's first pre-announced public flight|
|Even a doll house collection on the right|
|Scale model of an early Curtiss "Pusher" aircraft|
|1919 flying boat - The Seagull|
As I mentioned earlier, throughout the museum were other collections from the same era, including this area showing old fire-fighting vehicles,
and this section showing old baby strollers and children's toys:
I must be ancient, because I remember my mother pushing my younger brother around in a stroller similar to this one. It must have been a nightmare to fit in the car.
By the end of the museum we were seeing inventions from Curtiss' Florida years, years in which he turned his attention to land development, the travel trailer, and many other pursuits. There is even an early travel trailer there at the museum.
Although Glenn Curtiss only lived to the age of 52, he is credited with over 500 inventions during his life span. That's a lot of inventing.
There was only one time in my life when I thought of something that I wanted to invent, but I never followed through on it. I considered inventing a LIVING ROOM RAKE during those years when my three daughters loved playing with Barbies and their associated gazillion pieces. My son would be playing nearby with his beloved Lego sets, each containing about a bazillion pieces. A living room rake would have come in handy at the end of the day, don't you think?
That invention sure would have made cleaning up easier, and who knows, maybe it would have ended up in a fancy museum somewhere, someday.