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Rare Alexander Graham Bell Signed 1907 Letter: "A Man is What he Makes of Himself..."


“A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with - a man is what he makes of himself.” 

-Alexander Graham Bell


Inventor of the world’s most important acoustical device in history.  

Born March 3, 1847, Bell was a Scottish-born American scientist best known as the inventor of the telephone.  He worked at a school for the deaf while attempting to invent a machine that would transmit sound by electricity.  Bell was granted the first official patent for his telephone in March 1876, though he would later face years of legal challenges to his claim that he was its sole inventor, it resulted in one of history’s longest patent battles. 

On March 10, 1876, while in his laboratory, Alexander Graham Bell transmitted the very first coherent complete sentence, “Mr. Watson, come here; I want you.”

This is remarkable document dated November 27, 1907, and signed in Bell's own hand, is Bell responding to a letter informing him that he may have some money available to him from the court system in Paris France, possibly pertaining to the over 600 lawsuits he had to deal with after filing patents for his telephone. 

We’ve also included the November 12, 1907 letter informing Bell of the information.  

Below both letters, and centered on the page, we’ve included one of Alexander Graham Bell’s most inspiring quotes.

“A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with - a man is what he makes of himself.” 

-Alexander Graham Bell

All of this is beautifully framed in our hand built, contemporary, wide frame, enhanced with professional white matting.

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