Thomas Edison, Typed Letter, Signed
Edison sends Thanks for Birthday Wishes To a Vaudeville Performer
Thomas Edison, Typed Letter, signed, he’s sending thanks to the receiver, J. A. Bernard for sending “good wishes in regard to my birthday. He goes on to say, “I re-member quite well your son, Al Bernard, singing at the Banquet following our Dealers’ Convention in New York several months ago. He seemed to be quite a favorite with those who were present, and his songs were warmly applauded.”
Al Bernard was a great recording artist from the vaudeville era, being also one of the most famous blackface performers from the minstrel show days.
Edison’s usual “top hat” signature is bold and clean; letter is uniformly browned w/ one vertical fold & one edge chip.
Edison, Thomas (Inventor). Typed Letter, signed (“Thos. A. Edison”). From the Laboratory of Thomas A. Edison (letterhead), Orange, NJ: 24 February 1920. To: J.A. Bernard.