An Edison family heirloom, dedicated to their "darling daughter"
Vintage matte-finish 7.5 x 7.25 photo of Thomas and Mina Edison together in his study, matted to an overall size of 12 x 13.5, boldly signed and inscribed on the mat in fountain pen by Thomas Edison, "To our darling daughter Madeleine, Father and Mother.” Also lightly signed in pencil by the photographer, "George Higgins." The mat and photograph are detached from the backing due to dried adhesive, but could be easily repaired; otherwise in fine condition, with a small corner bump, and some trivial foxing, to the mat. Born in 1888, Madeleine Edison was Thomas's fourth child, and first with his new wife Mina. She married the aviation industrialist John Eyre Sloane in 1914, and gave the Edisons four grandsons. A great family piece from the revered American inventor.