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Important inventor Thomas A. Edison (d.1931) was also a businessman, as evidenced by this multi-signed 1927 Edison Phonograph Distributing Co. board meeting document. Ratifying the lease of a Boston property from the Kelly Peanut Co., this crisp specimen presents in sturdy (EX) condition with modest signs of age appropriate wear.
The top paragraph of the offered page concludes an undetermined item of business begun on a preceding page, followed by the section outlining the Boston lease, made in the amount of $50 per month for a period of one year. The top right corner is stamped in blue with “45” and the otherwise blank reverse is stamped “46”. These conditions along with a sturdy reinforcement strip affixed along the left side, indicate this page was removed from a much larger book or ledger.
(7) Signatures appear on appropriate lines on the page’s lower half, showing average (“8-9”) potency with: Thomas A. Edison (“9”) with deference to an minor bit of ink migration, his son Charles Edison who served as Secretary of the Navy in 1940 and as Governor of New Jersey from 1941-1944, company vice president Arthur L. Walsh, secretary H.H. Eckert, and (3) other board members: Henry Lanahan, H.F. Miller and J.V. Miller. Full photo LOA from JSA.