DE FOREST, LEE. 1873-1961.

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Lot 3223
DE FOREST, LEE. 1873-1961.

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DE FOREST, LEE.
Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Lee de Forest"), in pencil, 1 p, 4to, n.p., [June 1944], on letterhead of Hotel Reforma, Mexico, being notes on requirements for a Mexican television experimental laboratory, light creasing, otherwise fine. Together with Autograph Note Signed ("Dr. de Forest"), in pencil, 1 p, 3 by 5 inches, n.p., n.d., being a short biography of de Forest in his own hand. Both items framed together with portrait to 21 by 18 inches.

Though credited with many important innovations in radio and wave technology, de Forest was never able to fully capitalize on his work, either because he lacked the foresight to predict the correct direction in which to take his idea, or because he lacked the business acumen to exploit it fully. As a result, he was often in financial straights, which we can imagine he was suffering when he wrote the smaller note, no doubt at the behest of a manuscript dealer, de Forest provides his own introduction to the larger manuscript: "Dr. de Forest, internationally known as 'Father of Radio,' is the inventor of the thermonic radio tube and circuits which have made possible all tube-communications, wire and radio, public address, talking pictures, and television. This eminent scientist here writes authoritatively on the latter theme." Another get-rich-quick scheme: "Mexican Television Requirements (cont'd) / Experimental Laboratory / Factory for manufacture of television receivers - in quantity production / Estimated that 10000 will be in demand in cities of Mexico and Pueblo / [Later A television Relay station to be located on top of a mountain ridge separating Mexico and Pueblo / Also a 5KW television transmitter in Pueblo.] / Estimated cost of studio and engineering transmittal equipment for Mexico 00 1,000,000 pesos. / Estimated cost of factory, equipped for manufacture of television receivers - 150,000 pesos. / Estimated Cost of Television Experimental Laboratory - 175,000 pesos. / Total Estimated Cost of entire television plant 1,325,000 pesos. / Lee de Forest."
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