Lot 17: Charles Goodyear handwritten signed letter
11th October 2017
American inventor (1800-1860) whose development of the vulcanization process revolutionized the rubber industry. ALS signed “Chas. Goodyear,” one page both sides, 5 x 8, September 22, 1859. Letter to Dr. Dorr, in full: "I have rec'd yr favor of the 17th inst. I will endeavor to follow your directions, as my judgment coincides with yours. I must confess that I have been negligent as to taking the Iodide of Potassium. Please give further directions as to how I shall come at the douche and the electric machine. I have already contracted for a pool to be built on my vacant lot under the stables in part. I shall then have a douche of my own. I hoped to have written you on the subject of india–rubber, but it is night again when I have received your letter and I will postpone once more. Thinking for the day you will perhaps attend to ordering the clasp and hoops for a bag with the lid like the model you took…P.S. My feet are better and I am otherwise improving. CG." In fine condition. Goodyear died less than a year after writing this letter; in 1898, nearly four decades after his death, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company was founded and named after Goodyear by Frank Seiberling. Only the second Goodyear letter we have ever offered.
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