LAKE, SIMON. 1866-1945.
Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Simon Lake"), 1 p, 4to, n.p., January 10, 1940, on foolscap, being an annotated pencil sketch of his submarine design, paper browned, matted and framed to 25 x 20½ inches.
Lake provides this annotated sketch of the side and aerial view of a submarine for a fan; he explans the location of wings and propellers, as well as speed variants above and below water. Lake competed with John Phillip Holland to build the U.S.'s first submarine; his first two examples were rejected by the government, and he spent a portion of his career building submarines for European governments.