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    "Tommy Gun" Inventor John T. Thompson Signed Document (1860-1940) Born in Newport, Kentucky, Thompson was an army officer and firearms inventor. He patented a submachine gun in 1920 that became very popular with gangsters during the Prohibition era. It fired .45 caliber ammunition and weighed less than 10 pounds unloaded. This lot contains a signed document, being an application for membership in the Society of Colonial Wars, with several entries showing his lineage to a relative named James Thompson, who served in the Colonial Army. Signed at the bottom in fountain pen by Thompson in full, "John Taliaferro Thompson." In fine condition, very light toning, folds, and a small bit of bleed-through from the docketing on the reverse that does not affect the clear ink signature. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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    April, 2005
    13th Wednesday
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