loading..

FREELAN O. STANLEY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/03/1888 - HFSID 346676

FREELAN O. STANLEY The American businessman and inventor signed this handwritten letter Autograph Letter Signed: 'F. O. Stanley" and "F. O. S.". Two pages of text on double-sided sheet. 5½x9. Dated December 3, 1888. Letterhead from the Stanley Dry Plate Company.

Sale Price $3,187.50

Reg. $3,750.00

Condition: lightly creased, otherwise fine condition
PSA / JSA Authentication Guarantee
Free U.S. Shipping
Chat now or call 800-425-5379

FREELAN O. STANLEY The American businessman and inventor signed this handwritten letter Autograph Letter Signed: 'F. O. Stanley" and "F. O. S.". Two pages of text on double-sided sheet. 5½x9. Dated December 3, 1888. Letterhead from the Stanley Dry Plate Company. 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 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." Freelan O. Stanley (1849-1940) and his brother Francis E. Stanley became businessmen who developed the Stanley Motor Carriage Company, eventually building the Stanley Steamer. Their steam-powered automobiles grew extremely popular, although it was eventually superseded by the Model T. Steam engine vehicles gradually became obsolete technologically. After Stanley was diagnosed with a life-threatening case of tuberculosis in 1903, Stanley resolved to get some fresh air. Until his death in 1940, Stanley for the most part resided in Estes Park, Colorado. Through his investment in the fledgling town, Estes Park grew significantly. Stanley designed a hotel which cost half a million dollars, installed a power plant to provide electricity, built a water pipe system to bring running water to the hotel from the surrounding mountains, and installed telephones in every room (luxuries in those days). In a two-month period in 1911, some 2,500 guests visited his hotel, driven up the mountain in 13 Stanley Steamer buses. The hotel remains a popular attraction, and "modern day" guests have included Stephen King, who formed the frame for his chilling novel, The Shining (1977), in Room 217.  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. Filing holes at top edge. Normal mailing folds. Lightly creased with light fingerprint impressions at edges. Fine condition.

This website image may contain our company watermark. The actual item does not contain this watermark

See more listings from these signers
Make an offer today and get a quick response
Check your account for the status.

Following offer submission users will be contacted at their account email address within 48 hours. Our response will be to accept your offer, decline your offer or send you a final counteroffer. All offers can be viewed from within the "Document Offers" area of your HistoryForSale account. Please review the Make Offer Terms prior to making an offer.

If you have not received an offer acceptance or counter-offer email within 24-hours please check your spam/junk email folder.

 

World-Wide Shipping

Fast FedEx and USPS shipping

Authenticity Guaranteed

COA with every purchase

Questions Answered 24/7

Contact us day or night

Submit Offers

Get a quick response