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1929 Thomas Edison Signed Check
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $720
Edison Botanic Research Corporation check, signed by Thomas Edison (1847-1931), American inventor. The check, dated July 9, 1929, and drawn on the Savings Investment & Trust Company of East Orange, New Jersey, is made out to Frank Stout in the amount of $76.02. It is signed in black fountain pen by "Thos. A. Edison," as president of the corporation, and by "J. Miller," as treasurer. The Edison Botanic Research Corporation was formed by Edison, Henry Ford, and Harvey Firestone in 1927 with the goal of discovering a domestic source of inexpensive rubber. In 1928 a factory was built in Fort Meyers, Florida, but Edison was never able to extract enough rubber from any of the plants he tested to make the business commercially successful. Edison died four years after the formation of the company, which closed its doors in 1934. The check (8.5 x 3 inches) displays a vertical fold, as well as normal bank cancellation holes (a number of which touch upon each signature), and is otherwise in Excellent condition. Mounted and framed together with an illustrated likeness of Edison to total dimensions of 15 x 20 inches. This item originally appeared as lot #1529 in REA's Spring 2014 auction, realizing $1,185, and has been consigned directly by the purchaser from that sale. LOA from James Spence/JSA. SOLD FOR $720
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