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#149 - Gustave Eiffel

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Eiffel electrifies the “technical teaching of our beloved school”

LS in French, signed “G. Eiffel,” one lightly gridded page, 5.25 x 8.25, December 16, 1899. Letter to Reynaud and Balsan, presidents of the Alumni Association of Ecole Centrale, offering a donation for the construction of a new laboratory. In part (translated): "I am pleased to send you the sum of five thousand francs for the purchase of electricity for the laboratory and resistance of materials. This interesting plant can only help raise the technical teaching of our beloved school, and I am particularly pleased to take part." In fine condition. Eiffel had attended the prestigious Ecole Centrale des Arts et Manufactures in Paris beginning in 1852, where he obtained his engineering degree and graduated in 1855. When making this donation to his alma mater, Eiffel was a decade removed from his creation of the iconic Eiffel Tower for the 1889 Universal Exposition. A fine letter associated with the starting point of his engineering and architectural career. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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