Historic Photograph Signed Twice, with Morse Code and Holograph Message
Samuel F.B. Morse (1791-1872) was an American artist, contributor to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system based on European telegraphs, and co-inventor of the Morse code. This beautiful 20" x 16" photograph is signed twice by Morse, "Sam'l F.B. Morse"; the first signature, followed by a paraph, and "New York, March 10, 1871," is under his waist-length portrait. Spelled out along the lower edge of the photograph is the Morse code message, "What hath God wrought," with corresponding letters above the dots and dashes of the Morse code, followed by Morse's holograph note, "first dispatch on the first completed public line between Washington & Baltimore. May 24, 1844. 8:45 P.M. Sam'l F.B. Morse." This second signature falls primarily on the mount (size of mount unknown -not viewed out of the frame). Attractively matted and framed in a gilt wood frame to an overall size of 28" x 24.5". Moderate toning in the lower right corner; a couple of faint blemishes in blank upper background. A spectacular display piece with a historic association!
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