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#6054 - Lee de Forest Autograph Manuscript Signed Estimate: $800+

"When the technical history of this Twentieth Century comes to be written it will, I think, be known as the 'Electronic Era'"

Prolific American inventor (1873-1961) often referred to as 'the father of radio' for his pioneering work in wireless telegraphy. AMS, two pages, 4 x 5.75, January 16, 1933. De Forest pens a thoughtful, visionary statement on technological progress in the 20th century. In full: "When the technical history of this Twentieth Century comes to be written it will, I think, be known as the 'Electronic Era.' The three-electrode vacuum tube, conceived during its first decade, has already remoulded the home-life, the daily thoughts, the political attitude of civilized mankind. For it has brought into the humblest household the counsel and the music of the wide world. Now the photo-electric cell begins to do for the eye what the audion has done for the ear. Together these are achieving Television, safeguarding Aviation, speeding and eliminating guesswork from our manufacturing processes. Tomorrow the Electron may supply all the power needs of man, remoulding Civilization, and offering immeasurable happiness. May the Education of Mind and Character keep pace with this harnessing of the Electron by Science. For, lacking that, the slow and simple life of our fathers would prove far better for the Race!" In fine condition. An incredible, visionary sentiment from a key innovator of the 'Electronic Age.'

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