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One of the great unsung American inventors and timepiece pioneers was this New Jersey watchmaker, who held more than 40 patents but is remembered for the "calculagraph," a device that records times and calculates the difference; one of its first uses was in 1894 in New York, where it recorded the length of telephone calls and impressed AT & T so much they installed it nationwide; his other inventions include a watch winding system that resulted in watches being wound by their stem instead of with a key and a revolutionary method for making enamel watch dials. TNS, 1p, 8½" X 11", New York, NY, 1933 October 16. Addressed to Mary B. Day, librarian at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. Near fine. On ornate Calculagraph Company letterhead (featuring at the bottom a faint engraving of the calculagraph machine being used, with its slogan "It Makes No Clerical Errors"), Abbott graciously notes: "It gives me great pleasure to comply with your request and I am sending in the same mail for filing in your library a copy of the pamphlet entitled: 'Watches and Men'." Large, bold signature. Uncommon. Bookseller Inventory # 20938

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Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts has been buying and selling quality books, autographs and ephemera since 1991. We specialize in general antiquarian, first editions, signed books and autographs and documents. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA), Midwest Antiquarian Booksellers Association (MWABA), Universal Autograph Collectors Club (UACC) and The Manuscript Society.

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Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts accepts VISA, MasterCard and Discover cards. Checks are welcome. Institutions will be accommodated as their procedures require. Shipping is additional and will be quoted at the time an order is placed. Illinois residents will be charged 8.25% sales tax. Every effort has been made to describe each book and any defects accurately. If an item proves unsatisfactory for any reason, it may be returned pursuant to ABEBooks' policy. We would appreciate a courtesy cal...

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