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    Alexander Graham Bell Signed Diploma from the School of Vocal Physiology. One partly-printed vellum page 16.5" x 13.75", Boston, Massachusetts, May 15, 1878. Countersigned by his father, "Alex Melville Bell" and "L. Alonzo Butterfield." This diploma certifies that Ru Butterfield has "satisfactorily completed the prescribed course in the School and is hereby granted the privileges of a Graduate of the School of Vocal Physiology."

    Though Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) is best known for his development of the first useful telephone, he also worked with the deaf, opening the School of Vocal Physiology in 1872. His father, Alexander Melville Bell (1819-1905), was involved in the field of physiological phonetics, as a teacher and researcher. The elder Bell created a method which was successful in helping many deaf learn to speak. Both signatures are distinct. No folds to the vellum. Small imperfection at bottom. Near fine condition.


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