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ELISHA GRAY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/11/1891 - HFSID 250805

ELISHA GRAY: TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH PIONEER. ALS: "Elisha Gray", 1p, 4½x7. The Windsor, New York, 1891 December 11. To Miss C.W. Strong, Passaic, N.J. In full: "Your request for my autograph is received. Here it is.

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ELISHA GRAY: TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH PIONEER. ALS: "Elisha Gray", 1p, 4½x7. The Windsor, New York, 1891 December 11. To Miss C.W. Strong, Passaic, N.J. In full: "Your request for my autograph is received. Here it is. It is not handsome neither is its owner, but if it will do you any good, you are welcome to it." Elisha Gray, a brilliant electrical engineer who held over 70 patents, is perhaps best known for what he didn't do -- patent the telephone before his contemporary, Alexander Graham Bell. On February 14, 1876, Gray filed his caveat on his invention of the telephone on the same day that Alexander Graham Bell filed for his patent. A long, bitter patent infringement battle was decided by the Supreme Court in favor of Bell. In 1872, Gray organized the Gray and Barton Company, from which developed the Western Electric Co. He developed numerous inventions for telegraphy, including the "musical telegraph" (1874), one of the first electronic musical instruments, and the telautograph (1888), which produced writing at a distance. Pencil notations (unknown hand) on blank integral leaf. Fine condition.

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