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Los Angeles, California 1903 - HENRY E HUNTINGTON Document Signed This is an accounts payable voucher that has been personally signed by Henry E. Huntington with his H E Huntington signature. The document measures 3.5" X 8.5" when folded and measures 7.0" X 8.5" in the open position. The account payable is for the Samson Cordage Works of Boston and is dated December 1903. Henry E. Huntington, in full Henry Edwards Huntington (born Feb. 27, 1850, Oneonta, N.Y., U.S.┬┐died May 23, 1927, San Marino, Calif.), American railroad magnate and collector of rare books. Henry was the nephew of the railroad magnate Collis P. Huntington. He ultimately held important executive positions with several railroads and promoted the development of electric railways and utilities in Los Angeles. Huntington was interested in books as a child, but he did not begin collecting until 1903. A fortune amassed through his various business interests made it possible for him to buy entire libraries at one time. His notable purchases included the E. Dwight Church Library of Americana, the Wilberforce Eames Collection of approximately 12,000 early American imprints, and Sir Thomas Egerton┬┐s collection from the 1600s. In 1919 Huntington established a trust bequeathing his collection for public benefit. The Henry E. Huntington Library is located in San Marino, Calif. J.P. Tolman, member of the first graduating class at MIT (1868, Mining Engineering), founded the J.P. Tolman Company in Massachusetts in 1878. Five years later, Tolman patented a new switch braiding machine (the first of 13 patents that would be issued to him through 1915). By 1888, Samson Cordage Works was incorporated in Massachusetts, with Tolman as its president. The company's keystone product was a braided cord that incorporated a reinforcing core to enhance performance and durability. The company's famed trademark, depicting Samson slaying a lion, was registered in 1884 and is the oldest, active, registered trademark in the United States. The company's association with the strength of the Biblical character is apt, since its ropes have long been considered the best in the industry for strength and durability. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
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