Signed Photo of Howard Hughes Standing by His Plane The first modern and practical respirator was called the "iron lung," invented by Harvard University researcher Philip Drinker in 1927. He used an iron box and two vacuum cleaners to exert a push-pull motion on the chest. There were many young polio victims in the 1930s suffering from chest paralysis that had to be placed in this restrictive and immobilizing device just to be able to breathe. The story goes that there was one such child, Jimmy Ruffin, whose mother would write letters to famous personalities in order for him to receive "get well" messages, autographs and signed photos, boosting his spirits. This fabulous 10" x 8" black and white photo pictures a young Howard Hughes standing by a small plane. The famous aviator has written, "To Jimmy Ruffin with my admiration and sincere best wishes. Howard Hughes." Fine condition, framed. Rare and desirable. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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