MINA M. EDISON - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 12/24/1940 CO-SIGNED BY: THOMAS EDISON "TEDDY" SLOANE - HFSID 218186
Sale Price $450.00
MINA EDISON. Check signed: "Mina M. Edison", 9x3. West Orange, N.J., 1940 December 24. Check No. 441, drawn on her personal account at the Fidelity Union Trust Company in Newark, New Jersey, payable to Thomas Edison Sloane for $3230. Original check number had been crossed out and "441" has been written in ink above it, likely in Mina's hand.Endorsed: "Thomas Edison Sloane." The inventor's widow writes a check to her grandson. Signed the year Mina Edison's second husband, Charles Everett Hughes, died and Mina retook her married name of Edison.MINA MILLER EDISON (1865-1947) had become inventor THOMAS ALVA EDISON's second wife on February 24, 1886. In 1885, the year after his first wife, Mary Stilwell had died, the 38-year-old inventor had met the 19-year-old Mina at an exposition in New Orleans at which her inventor father was displaying his firm's farm machinery. During the couple's courtship, Edison taught Morse Code to Mina - and proposed to her by tapping the code out on her hand (she responded "yes" in kind). Moving into the Edison mansion, Glenmont, in West Orange, New Jersey, Mina became stepmother to Edison's three children (Marion, TAE, Jr. and William) - who were closer to her in age than their father. Mina and Thomas would have three children of their own, Madeleine, Charles and Theodore. After Edison's death in 1931, Mina continued to live at Glenmont. She married Hughes, a childhood friend, on August 30, 1935, and the couple lived in the Glenmont home until Hughes' death in 1940 (Mina would continue to live there until her own death on August 24, 1947). THOMAS EDISON "TEDDY" SLOANE, Edison's first grandchild, had been born on March 4, 1916. He was the son of Thomas and Mina's daughter, Madeleine (1888-1979), who had married John Eyre Sloan, a Roman Catholic, against her parents' wishes on June 17, 1914. Lightly creased with folds, light vertical fold between the "M." and "E" of Edison. Bank cancellation holes touch 2 lines of writing (filled out in unknown hand). Bank stamps on verso (no show through). "1/15" written in unknown hand at upper right corner. Fine condition.
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