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1912 Alexander Graham Bell Signed Letter

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $948

One-page typed letter, dated June 6, 1912, signed by Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922), who is credited with having invented the first practical telephone. The letterhead features the address of his Washington, D.C., residence ("1331 Connecticut Avenue"). In his letter, Bell writes to a Miss Daisy May and offers his assistance in finding her employment. In full:

My Dear Daisy May, Is it the case that the Company with which you have so long been connected is going out of business? I write because I have reason to believe that Mr. Charles H. Kirshner, of Commerce Building, Kansas City, Mo., who has just been made President of head of some large Company there has need, or will need, someone of your capabilities in his new enterprise. Mr. Kirshner is a brother-in-law of my son-in-law, Mr. Fairchild, and I know him personally. If you are seeking any position please let me know and I will be glad to give you a letter of introduction to Mr. Kirshner. Yours sincerely, Alexander Graham Bell [signed].

Bell's signature has been scripted in black fountain pen and grades "9." The letter (7.5 x 10 inches) displays two vertical and three horizontal mailing folds and a few tiny age spots, otherwise in apparent Excellent condition. The letter has been matted and framed together with a modern print (7.5 x 10 inches) of Alexander Graham Bell speaking on the telephone. Total dimensions: 22 x 16 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $948

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