FREELAN O. STANLEY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/09/1911 - HFSID 347967
Sale Price $3,612.50
FREELAN O. STANLEYThe businessman signed this letter that's framed with an image of him! Typed Letter Signed: “F. O. Stanley” on an 8½x11 sheet of paper (8¼x10 visible). One page. Dated October 9, 1911. Message in Part: “I am enclosing checks amounting to $3000. In reference to lease of the State land you mention, I have no objection to having it transferred to you, provided it is agreeable to Mr. Young, and I am writing him in reference to the same”. 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 Their steam-powered automobiles grew extremely popular, although it was eventually superseded by the Model T. Steam engine vehicles gradually became obsolete technologically.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. Frame chipped along bottom border. Letter's printed message extremely faded, but still legible. Otherwise, fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 34½x21.
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