THOMAS A. EDISON - PROMISSORY NOTE SIGNED 07/20/1921 CO-SIGNED BY: GOVERNOR CHARLES EDISON, STEPHEN B. MAMBERT, HARRY F. MILLER - HFSID 269333
$10,000 PROMISSORY NOTE SIGNED BY EXECUTIVES OF THE EDISON PHONOGRAPH WORKS AND THE WISCONSIN CABINET AND PANEL COMPANY WHICH BUILT CABINETS FOR THE PHONOGRAPHS THOMAS A. EDISON, CHARLES EDISON and OTHERS.
Sale Price $1,700.00
$10,000 PROMISSORY NOTE SIGNED BY EXECUTIVES OF THE EDISON PHONOGRAPH WORKS AND THE WISCONSIN CABINET AND PANEL COMPANY WHICH BUILT CABINETS FOR THE PHONOGRAPHS
THOMAS A. EDISON, CHARLES EDISON and OTHERS. Partly Printed DS: "Thos A Edison" as Chairman of the Board of Directors-President of the Wisconsin Cabinet and Panel Company, 1p, 8¾x4. New London, Wisconsin, 1921 July 20. In full: "On the 18th day of November 1921 we promise to pay to the order of Ourselves Ten Thousand Dollars at First National Bank, Appleton, Wisconsin Value received". Countersigned: "Stephen B Mambert" as Vice President and Financial Executive. Signed on verso: "H. F. Miller" as Treasurer and "Stephen B Mambert" (bank stamp over signature) as Vice-President and Financial Executive of Wisconsin Cabinet & Panel Company and, for Edison Phonograph Works, "Charles Edison" as Chairman Board of Directors President and "Stephen B Mambert" as Vice President and Financial Executive. Tiny bank cancellation holes over holograph bank endorsement. Accompanied by a 1964 letter from the Legal Department of Thomas A. Edison Industries sending this note to a collector (defects at letter's perimeter). In 1917, Thomas Alva Edison purchased the Wisconsin Cabinet and Panel Company to produce wooden cabinets for his 1877 invention, the phonograph. The company was renamed Edison Wood Products, Inc. In 1927, the company began producing infant furniture (Edison Little Folks Furniture) and today, still in New London, Wisconsin is known as Simmons Juvenile Products Co., Inc. The phonograph was Edison's favorite invention. The Edison Phonograph Works was formed on October 8, 1887, to market Edison's invention. He introduced the Improved Phonograph by May of 1888, shortly followed by the Perfected Phonograph. The Edison Phonograph Works also produced musical cylinders for coin-slot phonographs which some of the subsidiary companies had started to use. These were precursors of the jukebox. The inventor's son, CHARLES EDISON later served as FDR's Secretary of the Navy and Governor of New Jersey. STEPHEN B. MAMBERT, who had been named efficiency engineer of Thomas A. Edison, Inc. in 1915, served as a financial executive for Edison. 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 and became Treasurer of Thomas A Edison Inc. in 1916, serving until his retirement in 1937. Minute paper loss at lower left blank corner, minor creases. Light bank stamp over Thomas Edison and Mambert's signatures on front. Overall, fine condition. Two items.
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