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    Thomas Edison's Personal Hat, with a Delightful Back Story. On January 11, 1929 Edison was in his East Orange, New Jersey laboratory along with longtime friend and business associate Edward Adams. Adams' daughter tells the story of the hat in a letter to Edison's daughter:

    "After a long serious conference my father joked about who had the biggest head and suggested that they exchange hats to which Mr. Edison agreed. They found to their delight that the hats fit each other perfectly, and my father said, 'Thank you, I am going to keep your hat,' and he walked out the door."

    In another letter to Edison's daughter:

    "Among the many household treasures that were moved into my home after Mr. Adams' death was a "KNOX" hat box with a gray felt hat in it and a card explaining that this hat belonged to Thomas Edison" (the card accompanies this lot).

    The lot is also accompanied by the original letters, and a photo of Edison wearing what is clearly this same hat. A wonderful artifact from one of America's great geniuses.


    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    December, 2016
    3rd Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 21
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