| In 1945 America had
just emerged from World War II. A conventional fixed wing aircraft was still
the most sophisticated flying machine of the time. In the summer of that
year, a ship engineer/sculptor named Alexander Weygers received confirmation
of a patent for his 18 year old dream: "The Discopter." Two years before
the term "flying saucer" was ever used, Weygers vision gave a glimpse into
the future as compelling then as it is today. Offered here are the remaining
stock of a limited edition of 1000 of each print. Printed on heavy paper stock
using the duo-tone process, produced directly from the inventors original drawings.
The San Francisco drawing
(#4) appeared in the Smithsonian Institute's national touring exhibit, "Yesterdays
Tomorrows," past visions of the American future.
"They told me I was too far ahead of my time, but I thought an inventor always is, isn't he?...
It must have been 1927 when the idea came to me. I was working as a draftsman and we had been talking
about propellers. It seemed to me the helicopter was a unfinished piece of engineering. You cannot just
lift it up. It must move as a pendulum, which makes it very limited in use."
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