Drawbaugh Telephone and Telegraph Co. 1883 - New York

Drawbaugh Telephone and Telegraph Co. 1883 - New York

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Drawbaugh Telephone and Telegraph Co. 1883 - New York


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Beautifully engraved RARE certificate from the Drawbaugh Telephone and Telegraph Co. issued in 1883. This historic document was issued to H. C. Hayward and has an ornate border around it. This receipt is hand signed by the Company’s Committee on Organization ( J. B. Banlett?, J. B. Reynolds, and Marcus Marx ) and is over 119 years old. This is the first time we seen this item. Daniel Drawbaugh, from rural Pennsylvania, with little formal schooling, almost won a legal battle with Bell in 1884 but was defeated by a four to three vote in the Supreme Court. The claim by this "Edison of the Cumberland Valley" was the most exciting (and futile) litigation over telephone patents. Altogether, the Bell Company was involved in 587 lawsuits, of which five went to the Supreme Court; Bell won every case. A convincing argument was that no competitor claimed originality until 17 months after Bell's patent. Also, at the 1876 Philadelphia Exposition, eminent electrical scientists, especially Lord Kelvin, the world's foremost authority, had declared it to be "new." Professors, scientists, and researchers defended Bell, pointing to his lifelong study of the ear and his books and lectures on speech mechanics.


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