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.