CHARLES GOODYEAR - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 04/21/1860 - HFSID 166920
Sale Price $1,530.00
Written ten weeks before the death of the rubber pioneer.
Partly Printed Check signed: "Chas Goodyear", 6½x2¼. Washington, D.C., 1860 April 21. Drawn on the Bank of Metropolis. The developer of the vulcanization process, the basic patent of the rubber manufacturing industry, pays R.A. Goodyear or order $20. Endorsed on verso. Charles Goodyear lost patents in England and France to technicalities and suffered heavy patent infringement in the United States. He died $200,000 in debt on July 1, 1860, ten weeks after he signed this check. Bank cut cancellation, not near signature. Folds, vertical fold between the "Go" in signature. Shaded at upper edge. Overall, fine condition.
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