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Thomas Edison Signed Photo To L. H. Long

Fabulous vintage matte-finish 6.5 x 8.5 head-and-shoulders photo of Edison in his laboratory, affixed to its original 8 x 10.75 photographer’s mount, signed and inscribed on the mount in black ink, “To L. H. Long, one of the Pioneers of the Industrial Truck, Thos. A. Edison.” Matted and framed, in a period frame, to an overall size of 9.5 x 12.75. In fine condition.

In 1921, the Automatic Transportation Company of Buffalo, NY, held an exhibit to show off the wide variety of industrial trucks in their factory, ranging from platform-lifting trucks to the superintendent’s Shop Vehicle. The same year, under the leadership of second vice president L. H. Long, Automatic released their first electric vehicle. Having spent over a decade developing a long-lasting and easily rechargeable battery for the Ford Electric (released in 1914), Edison held great interest in the subject. This stunning photograph inscribed to a “Pioneer of the Industrial Truck,” captures an important part of the inventor’s career, and an industry that, owing much to Edison’s work, continues to develop to this day. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on January 31, 2014 in Thomas Edison


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RR Auctions Thomas Jefferson Ink Franking Signature as President

RR Auctions  Thomas JeffersonInk franking signature as president, “Free, Th: Jefferson, Pr. US,” on an off-white 2.5 x 1 slip clipped from a free frank. Mounted to a slightly larger slip, then matted and framed with an engraved portrait to an overall size of 11.75 x 17. In very good condition, with intersecting folds, one vertical fold passing through a single letter of the signature, and some scattered toning and soiling, slightly affecting the beginning of the signature. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Thomas Edison


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RR Auction Thomas Edison and Henry Ford Signed Photo

RR Auctions Thomas Edison and Henry FordSuperb vintage pearl-finish 10 x 8 photograph of Edison, Ford, Herbert Hoover, and other dignitaries at the 1929 dedication of Ford’s Greenfield Village complex, signed in fountain pen, “Thos. A. Edison,” “Henry Ford,” and “Mrs. Henry Ford,” and dated December 4, 1930, in the lower border. Mild toning and soiling, a few trivial dings, and slightly irregular ink adhesion to signatures, which nonetheless remain clear and distinct. Ford founded the Edison Institute (also known as Greenfield Village) in Detroit in 1929, with the aim of collecting American history ‘as written into things their hands made and used.’ The centerpiece was the Menlo Park laboratory of Thomas Edison. The entire complex—including the laboratory proper, all of the outbuildings, and dirt that it stood on—was transported and rebuilt. This singular tribute to Edison’s genius was dedicated on October 21, 1929, in a ceremony broadcast over nationwide radio. Edison, in the presence of such dignitaries as President Herbert Hoover, ‘recreated’ the original light bulb in his newly relocated laboratory. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.


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RR Auction Thomas Edison Personal Calling Card Signed

RR Auction Thomas Edison Original personal calling card bearing Edison’s name, 3 x 1.5, boldly signed on the reverse in black ink, “Thomas A. Edison.” In fine condition, with trivial soiling to the upper right. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, postmarked October 28, 1910. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on December 25, 2012 in Thomas Edison


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