SIMON LAKE - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 08/23/1932 - HFSID 168738
SIMON LAKE The inventor signed this check for $103.00 Check Signed: "Simon Lake Ex", 6¼x2¾. Milford, Connecticut, 1932 August 23. Drawn on The Milford Trust Company, payable to "T.E. Lake" for $103.
Sale Price $315.00
SIMON LAKE The inventor signed this check for $103.00 Check Signed: "Simon Lake Ex", 6¼x2¾. Milford, Connecticut, 1932 August 23. Drawn on The Milford Trust Company, payable to "T.E. Lake" for $103. Endorsed on verso: "for deposit/Thos. E. Lake". Presented in clear plastic sleeve on sheet imprinted: "From the Archives of The Simon Lake Collection", 11x8½. Limited Certificate of Authenticity (Series A - 500). Numbered A-#-284. ©1992, The Simon Lake Project. Headed: "Simon Lake/Pioneer Submarine Inventor/(1866-1945)". In full: "Inspired by Jules Verne's '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'", SIMON LAKE forged the 'dream' into the world's first practical submarine. As President of the Lake Torpedo Boat Company, he was in service to the United States and foreign governments, building and designing submarines. The 'dream' included his love of deep sea salvage, in challenging the sea to 'give up' her treasures. SIMON LAKE was known as the 'Gentle Genius' and is considered the 'Father of the Modern Submarine' and a True American Patriot." T.E. Lake was likely the inventor's son, Thomas Alva Edison Lake. Simon Lake (1866-1945) designed a submarine and submitted plans to the U.S. Navy in 1892. In 1894 he built his first experimental submarine, Argonaut Junior, which was successfully demonstrated at Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey. Its success led to the formation of the Lake Submarine Company of New Jersey, which built the Argonaut 1 in 1898. It was the first submarine to operate successfully in the open sea. The Argonaut 1 and Argonaut 2 were followed by the Protector, a surprisingly modern torpedo boat design that was adopted by the U.S. Navy during WWI. Lake, who supplied over 100 submarines for the war effort, also helped to design a practical periscope and invented submarine apparatus for recovering sunken vessels and their cargoes. The versatile Lake founded many companies to implement his engineering visions. Industrial Submarine Corporation (1930) was one of these. During WWII, he served as a consultant for the United States Navy on the salvaging of boats and the future of submarines. Cancellation holes at signature and amount. Ink smudged at 3 words of writing. Mounting sheet is lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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