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#784 - Frank Capra

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DS signed “Frank R. Capra,” four pages, 8.5 x 13, December 4, 1936. Agreement between Sheldon K. Johnson, Joseph Walker, and Frank R. Capra regarding Capra’s investment in Walker’s patents. In part: “Whereas, Walker has heretofore applied for…letters patent of the United States…covering certain inventions, machines, devices and/or designs for secret code communication…Walker has heretofore assigned to Johnson one-half (1/2) of his right…Capra has heretofore advanced and expended the sum of…$16,731.30…Johnson and Walker…assign and transfer unto Capra the undivided one-third (1/3) part of the whole right, title and interest in and to said inventions.” Signed at the conclusion by all three parties. Document is stapled into its original paper folder. In fine condition, with expected document wear.

Walker was a cinematographer who collaborated with Capra extensively throughout his career, including on classics like It Happened One Night, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and It's a Wonderful Life. He also held numerous patents on camera- and film-related devices that ranged from zoom lenses to a ‘facial makeup meter.’ The patents described here were for a ‘Method and means of recording and reproducing secret messages,’ a ‘Carrier for code messages,’ and a ‘Means for forming and decoding secret messages.’ Walker said his inventions were particularly useful for diplomatic messages over wire or radio, and that even cryptographic experts had been unable to intercept and decode messages during testing. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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