THOMAS A. EDISON - CORPORATE MINUTES SIGNED 01/09/1923 CO-SIGNED BY: GOVERNOR CHARLES EDISON, STEPHEN B. MAMBERT, HARRY F. MILLER, HENRY LANAHAN, JOSEPH WILSON - HFSID 32225
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THOMAS EDISON, CO-SIGNED BY: CHARLES EDISON, HENRY LANAHAN, HARRY F. MILLER, STEPHEN B. MAMBERT and JOHN WILSON
1923 corporate meeting of the Board of Directors of the Phonographs, Ltd. to supply copies of the corporate by-laws and a list of its elective officers, , signed by Thomas Edison, son Charles Edison and four other members of the Board of Directors. Includes a rare "umbrella" example of Thomas Edison's full signature.
Corporate minutes signed "Stephen B. Mambert" twice as Vice President and Financial Executive, "Charles Edison", "Thomas A Edison", "H. F. Miller", "Henry Lanahan", and "Joseph Wilson" as Assistant Secretary. With pen notations at top of page 1 in unknown hand. 2 pages, 8x11, 1 sheet, front and verso. Jan. 9, 1923. Titled: "Minutes of a Meeting of the Board of Directors of/Phonographs, Limited". The Board of the Directors of the Edison Phonograph Distributing Company authorized their Vice President to furnish a copy of the company's by-laws and elective officers to and open a bank account at the National Park Bank in New York City. This document has a rare "umbrella" example of Thomas Edison's full signature. THOMAS EDISON (1847-1931, born in Milan, Ohio) patented more than a thousand inventions, including the incandescent electric lamp, phonograph (his favorite invention), mimeograph, alkaline storage battery and microphone. In 1890, he invented the Vitascope, and Edison is credited with establishing the standard of using 35mm film with four perforations on the edges. He produced talking motion pictures in 1913. In 1887, Edison had set up his facility dedicated to research and development in West Orange, New Jersey. By the following year, it was the world's largest scientific testing laboratory. His original laboratory, in Menlo Park, New Jersey, was removed to the Greenfield Village Museum in Dearborn, Michigan by his friend, Henry Ford, in 1929. CHARLES EDISON (1890-1969, born in West Orange, New Jersey) was the fifth of inventor Thomas Edison's six children. He briefly served as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Secretary of the Navy in 1940 before being elected Governor of New Jersey (1941-1944). HARRY F. MILLER began his association with the Edison laboratory in 1888, becoming Edison's private secretary (1908-1910). He was also assistant treasurer for the Edison Phonograph Works, the National Phonograph Company, the Edison Manufacturing Company and the Bates Manufacturing Company. In 1916, he became Treasurer of Thomas A Edison Inc., serving until his retirement in 1937. HENRY LANAHAN was the General Counsel for Thomas Edison and his companies. STEPHEN B. MAMBERT, who had been named efficiency engineer of Thomas A. Edison, Inc. in 1915, served as a financial executive for Edison. Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Show-through from page 1 touches signatures. Lightly discolored at one edge. Mounting residue on left edge of page 1. Pages was torn from binding at left edge. Otherwise in fine condition.
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