• Van Cleves get there first. letterpress postcard (4x6)
  • Van Cleves get there first. letterpress postcard (4x6)

Van Cleves get there first. letterpress postcard (4x6)




The Wright Brothers® Van Cleves get there first. letterpress postcard (4x6)



West Third at Williams

The Story:

Inspired by an original ad for Van Cleve bicycles and the Wright Cycle Company this postcard celebrates the Wright’s own brand of bicycles built by the brothers. Designed and printed in Ohio.

The following quote is printed in small type on the mailing side: “...the brothers’ total expenses for everything from 1900 to 1903, including materials and travel to and from Kitty Hawk, came to a little less than $1,000, a sum paid entirely from the modest profits of their bicycle business.”—David McCullough, The Wright Brothers

While best known for their achievements in flight, the Wright brothers began as letterpress printers. Our handcrafted journals, postcards, greeting cards and art prints celebrate the inventive nature personified by the brothers. Paper goods are letterpress printed on Igloo Letterpress’ antique presses dating from 1892–1962.

Hailing From:

The United States of America


  • Ink: One-color (black)
  • Paper: Cover stock (yellow ochre)
  • Printing: Letterpress 


  • Weight: 1 oz
  • Dimensions: 4 x 6 in

The Wright Brothers® is dedicated to inspiring and empowering people to learn, explore, and chase their dreams. Exclusively authorized by The Wright Brothers Family Foundation, we are the official source for licensed products, merchandise, and information.


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