Lot 292: Freelan O. Stanley

RR Auction

RR Auction

2015-12-18 16:59:28

Lot 292: American inventor and manufacturer (1849-1940) who developed a successful dry-plate photography process and, with his twin brother, Francis, co-founded the Stanley Motor Carriage Company, which built the famous 'Stanley Steamer.' ALS signed "F. O. Stanley," one page both sides, 5.5 x 9, Stanley Dry Plate Company letterhead, December 3, 1888. Letter to J. W. Penney. In part: "You remember when you were here the cylinder was loose on the bed of our engine. Well I succeeded in tightening it with a flat wrench and the machine works to a charm. We are burning some sawdust and find it excellent economy." In a brief postscript initialed "F. O. S.," he adds, "Tell All that I have got my new clipping machine…and it works finely. I want him to come over and see it and tell me how cheap you can make them." In fine condition, with filing holes to the top. J. W. Penney was the owner of J. W. Penney & Sons, Co., which was the company Stanley contracted to manufacture the first Stanley Steamer automobile. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467 Wednesday, 13th January 2016 Estimate: $600-800
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