FREELAN O. STANLEY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/23/1900 - HFSID 276014
Sale Price $2,040.00
FREELAN O. STANLEYThe inventor (with his brother) of the Stanley Steamer automobile discusses his vegetarian diet and his new "daisy" of an engine which "beats any thing up to date." Autograph Letter signed: "F. O. Stanley", 2p (front and verso), 6x9¼. Newton, Massachusetts, 1900 January 23. On letterhead of the Stanley Dry Plate Co. to "Friend Almont". In full: "I send you by express today a book which I intended to send you as a present for Christmas. But as it is not published in this country it arrived too late to send at that time so I send it now. I have become a convert to the doctrine advocated and have eaten nothing from the animal kingdom since Nov. 5th, except milk butter and cheese. I am already much benefited and shall continue on my present 'uric acid free diet' so long as I am improving. For years I have eaten largely of meat and for years have suffered a great deal from uric acid poisoning without knowing the cause of my trouble. I think you will find the book interesting, and it will show you the wisdom of your own action in reference to diet. My brother and I have constructed an engine that is a daisy. It has no packing rings, but the piston is 1½" long, and of cast-iron, hollow and very light. We run it without oil and it beats anything up to date. Yours truly". American inventor Freelan Oscar Stanley (1849-1940) developed a successful dry-plate photography process, as marketed on this letterhead. With his twin brother Francis, he co-founded the Stanley Motor Company, builder of the famous "Stanley Steamer" automobile. The first Stanley Steamer was produced in 1896. Ten years later, a Stanley Steamer set a world speed record. The Stanley brothers sold their dry plate enterprise (to Eastman Kodak) in 1905, and the Stanley Motor Co. in 1918. Lightly soiled. Paper separation (<½-inch) at mailing folds. Printed date ("189_) overwritten by Stanley. Otherwise, fine condition.
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