Airplanes at the Glenn Curtiss Museum

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The Glenn Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport, N.Y. in the Fingerlakes had many types of exhibits. After seeing motorcycle, a sailboat and some winemaking tools, we visit some of the airplanes there at the museum. Glenn Curtiss was famous for fitting his motorcycle engine to an airplane frame and making early flights rivaling and competing with the Wright Brothers.  He quickly moved on to airplanes like this one that could take off and land on water. This was a good idea as there were few airport’s on dry land for airplanes. He worked hard to get Navy contracts for his well made aircraft.

Wine Making Tools of the Fingerlakes

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Wine Making Tools at the Glenn Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport, N.Y. in the Fingerlakes.  This display caught my eye because of the lovely Lignum Vitae corking or bung mallet in the center with its impossibly thin and purposely whippy handle.  Bottom left is the common bung hole borer for barrels. Top left is curved printing block for wine labels. Bottom left is a grape vine pruning shear. Central top is Redlich’s corking apparatus for putting corks into wine bottles. 

Brass Wine Crate Stencils

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At the wine industry exhibits at the Glenn Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport, N.Y. in the Fingerlakes they had some original and rare items.  These large brass stencils were used by the wine companies to mark the end of crates of grapes and wine products. The first one is Pleasant Valley Wine Company which is also known as Great Western. They still have a plant you can tour and do wine tasting in the Hammondsport area.  The stencil is from Rheims, N.Y.. 

This next one is Taylor Wine of Hammondsport and they no longer sell at this location. 

Keuka Lake Grape Containers

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Here at the Glenn Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport on Keuka Lake in the Fingerlakes, they had displays even on the vast Wine Industry here.  There are and were many great wineries in this area including Taylor, Pleasant Valley and Bully Hill.  These antique and beautiful wooden containers with original paper labels used to contain grapes for Keuka Lake.

Classic Johnson Sea Horse Motor

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So here we are exploring the great Glenn Curtiss Museum of Aviation in Hammondsport, N.Y.  This museum in the Fingerlakes of Upstate, N.Y. has a lot of varied items. It has antique aviation items such as aircraft and their engines. It has antique motorcycles and boats representing the Fingerlakes. There were even exhibits representing the large wine making industry here. 

This was a classic marine outboard engine by Johnson called the Sea Horse 16. 

Penn Yan Phantom Sailboat

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At the Glenn Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport, N.Y. They have a large collection of airplanes, motorcycles and boats. This small sailboat is a Penn Yan Phantom made from 1931-1950. Penn Yan was a boat building firm at the North end of Keuka Lake. Keuka Lake is the same lake that Hammondsport is on. The Penn Yan Company was famous for making wood and canvas canoes, car-top boats and sailboats.

Glenn Curtiss and his World Record Motorcycle

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Here at the Glenn Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport, N.Y. they had photos and the actual motorcycle used to win thw World Land Speed Record.  This would have been 1901-1908 or so and Glenn Curtiss rode his own V-8 motorcycle. Just look at the length of the handlebars because the engine was so large.

The actual motorcycle:

The large V-8 engine:

Glenn Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport, NY

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Right in the Fingerlakes in the little town of Hammondsport,  N Y. is the Glenn Curtiss Museum.  They were full of original early Curtiss Airplanes, motorcycles, boats, and all kinds of interesting local historical things. This very early single piston Marvel motorcycle was there in pristine shape. 

Long and Winding Road Down from Whiteface Mountain

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Driving back down Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks you can see great views off in the distance and even Lake Placid and the Olympic ski jumps.  The winding road down is very long and steep, but it has a lot of rest areas and incredible overlooks.

Stone Castle at the Base of Whiteface Mountain Peak

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After climbing down from the peak of Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks you reach a beautiful stone castle like structure. It’s a welcome sight with refreshments and souvenirs. The inside was also all stone and had beautiful arches and stairs.