Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

Sale 38

Manuscript and Collectibles Auction

Explorers & Inventors
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Lot 209
Byrd, Richard E. Typed Letter Signed "REB"as an ex-officio member of the inter-departmental Executive Committee of the United States Antarctic Service, on official stationery of the Secretary of the Interior, 1½ pp, 10½x8", Washington, 14 Jan. 1942. Fine; normal folds. To Commander Robert A.J. English at the Naval War College, about a chart with unauthorized names. "…I am taking the chart to the President…He is going to wonder why certain names are down there…one gentleman in particular who is persona non grata with him…."
Estimated Value $200 - 300.
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Lot 210
Eastman, George (1854-1932) American inventor and industrialist; perfected process for making photographic dry plates and flexible film and invented the Kodak box camera; founded Eastman Kodak Co. Autograph card signed "Geo Eastman," 1½x3", n.p., n.d. Fine.
Estimated Value $150 - 200.
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Lot 211
Edison, Thomas A (1847-1931) American inventor with over 1,000 patents, among which were the phonograph and the incandescent electric lamp. Photograph Inscribed and Signed "To Daniel Frohman / Thos A Edison / Nov 2 1926," in dark brown ink on the lower border, 11½x9¼", n.p. Fine. A waist-length portrait. Edison had "electrified" Frohman's New York theater. Photographer's imprint is in the lower right corner.
Estimated Value $1,200 - 1,800.
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Lot 212
Edison, Thomas A. Beautiful signature ("Thos A Edison") in pencil on a 1½x3" Autograph card, n.p., n.d. Edison's graceful script is always a pleasure to view.
Estimated Value $300 - 500.
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Lot 213
Gatling, Richard J (1818-1903) Inventor best known for the Gatling Gun, a hand-cranked, rapid-fire weapon with six (later increased to ten) revolving barrels which he invented in 1862. The gun was used in nearly every armed conflict for the next fifty years. Gatling opened The Gatling Gun Company in Hartford, Connecticut in the mid 1860s; ten years later, it was sold to the Colt Company, but Gatling continued to invent. In 1943, the U.S. Government named a destroyer, the USS Gatling, in his honor.

Autograph Letter Signed "R.J. Gatling" on Gatling Gun Company letterhead, 1 p, 11x8½", Hartford, Conn., 18 Mar. 1886. Fine; some bleed to signature. To "My Dear Welles," regarding a letter Gatling had received from a Mr. Yeates and which he was forwarding [not present] to Welles. In part: "I think under the circumstances, we should send Yeates a Draft for say $200 to enable him to keep up expenses &c. It will be to the Co.'s interest to do this favor for him. Six--(perhaps 8)--of the gov.t guns will be boxed & shipped this week so the co. will soon be in funds." The Army purchased 100 model 1885-1887 Gatling guns.
Estimated Value $1,500 - 2,000.
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