Bell, Alexander Graham

Bell sends an autograph to an American collector

Price: $995.00

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(1847-1922) Scottish-born teacher of deaf (both his mother and wife were deaf, profoundly influencing Bell's life's work), father of the telephone, sent 1st intelligible telephonic voice transmission June 3, 1875. Many other inventions marked Bell's later life, including groundbreaking work in optical telecommunications, hydrofoils and aeronautics. Bell is also credited with the invention of the metal detector in 1881. The device was quickly put together in an attempt to find the bullet in the body of President James Garfield. The metal detector worked flawlessly in tests but did not find the assassin's bullet partly because the metal bed frame on which the President was lying disturbed the instrument, resulting in static. The president's surgeons, who were skeptical of the device, ignored Bell's requests to move the president to a bed not fitted with metal springs. Bell gave a full account of his experiments in a paper read before the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in August 1882. In 1888, Bell became one of the founding members of the National Geographic Society and was its 2nd president (1897–1904), and was a Regent of the Smithsonian Institution (1898–1922). He formed Bell Telephone Co. 1877, to Washington, DC 1879. Bell was a British subject throughout his early life in Scotland and later in Canada until 1882 when he became a naturalized citizen of the US. TLS on 10 ½ x 8 "Beinn Bhreagh, Near Baddeck, Nova Scotia" letterhead, August 6 1920, to a Milwaukee autograph collector, sending his autograph with pleasure. With envelope. By 1885, the Bells had a vacation home on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, spending time at the small village of Baddeck. By 1889, a large house, a summer retreat christened “The Lodge”, was completed and 2 years later, a larger complex of buildings, including a new laboratory, were begun that the Bells would name Beinn Bhreagh (“beautiful mountain” in Gaelic). He is buried there, overlooking Bras d'Or Lake.

Condition: Very good, mail folds, one thru “G” in signature
Type:Letter






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