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    Guglielmo Marconi Signed Program. Card stock tied together by two ribbons representing the colors of Italy and the United States, 7.25" x 9.25", Metropolitan Club, New York; January 24, 1903. The program, printed by Tiffany & Company, was produced for a dinner given in honor of Marconi by the directors of the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America at the Metropolitan Club, New York, on January 24, 1903. The front of the program bears a photograph of Marconi, under which Marconi signed his name in pencil. Above Marconi's photograph are two hand-colored flags representing the Italy and the United States. The interior of the program lists the menu for the dinner, which included "Glace Wireless Telegraph" for desert.

    The program, mounted on a board (8.4" x 10.5" ), is in mint condition.

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    Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937), born in Bologna, Italy, was a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and inventor credited with the groundbreaking work necessary for radio technology. Through his experiments in wireless telegraphy, Marconi developed the first effective system of radio communication. In 1899, he founded the Marconi Telegraph Company. In 1901, he successfully sent wireless signals across the Atlantic Ocean, disproving the dominant belief of the Earth's curvature affecting transmission. Marconi shared with Karl Braun the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics. He died in Rome in 1937.

    The Metropolitan Club is a private social club in New York City. It was founded in 1891 by J. P. Morgan and has had many notable members, including Cornelius Vanderbilt II, James A. Roosevelt, and William Collins Whitney. The January 1903 dinner was held in honor of Marconi's achievements in the field of wireless telegraphy. In addition to the handsome program offered here, attendees were presented with a keepsake of a small papier-machè model of the Marconi station at Cape Cod. The dinner was hosted by John W. Griggs (1849-1927), former governor of New Jersey and Attorney General of the United States from 1898-1901.

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