“The Wizard of Menlo Park” casts a mighty collectible spell with this distinguished signed photograph. Taken c.1920 by photographer Walter Scott Shinn of N.Y., this stately 6x9 image (framed to 10x13") of prolific inventor Thomas A. Edison (d.1931) makes an honorable display tribute to the man who gave us the motion picture camera, the phonograph and the electric light bulb.
This waist-up depiction is a masterful creation that makes excellent use of light and shadow to project a distinct dimensional quality with the subject’s head taking on a majestic aspect. Scattered staining, which does not impact the image, relegates this mesmerizing photo to a technical (EX-MT) designation, though it presents a grade higher. Edison’s stylish fountain pen signature exhibits (“7”) potency on the bottom border. Full photo LOA from JSA.
Photographer Shinn’s copyright credit is printed at lower right of the image area. Though the exact date of this photo is undetermined, several sources note dealings between Edison and Shinn c.1918-1921.
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