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
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 Their steam-powered automobiles grew extremely popular, although it was eventually superseded by the Model T. Steam engine vehicles gradually became obsolete technologically.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.
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