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Carnegie, Andrew
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284
Carnegie, Andrew
Estimate
3,0004,000
LOT SOLD. 2,125 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Carnegie, Andrew
Typed letter signed ("Andrew Carnegie"), 1 page (10 1/2 x 7 7/8 in.; 267 x 202 mm) on personal letterhead, New York, 3 February 1891, to Thomas A. Edison ("Dear Wizard"); faint browning at edges. Brown buckram portfolio.
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Two of the titans of American industry discuss the potential manufacturing applications of nickel. "Nickel properties are getting as plentiful as blackberries, we shall have plenty of that material; a little of it goes a great way. We shall know all about it before long. It certainly does seem to give remarkable properties to steel; but except for armor-plate, the extra cost is an obstacle to its use; about four cents per pound. This is more than steel itself costs; but perhaps you will discover a means of reducing the cost."

At the time he wrote this letter, Carnegie was just beginning to refit his Homestead foundry to fulfill a contract to produce 6,000 tons of nickel-steel armor for the United States Navy. About a decade later, Edison was awarded several patents for battery systems that utilized nickel.

THE JAMES S. COPLEY LIBRARY: ARTS & SCIENCES, INCLUDING THE MARK TWAIN COLLECTION

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New York