Bell, Alexander Graham (1847 – 1922)

A fine vintage-signed sepia 8″ x 10″ photograph of Bell in a luxurious open-air pedicab, the inventor looking resplendent in a plain white suit as he sits comfortably in the wicker seat at the front of the tricycle. The original press photograph bears the credit stamp of Underwood & Underwood to the verso, and a neatly affixed printed caption indicates that the photograph was taken at Palm Beach (Florida) on 27th January 1916. Signed (´Alexander Graham Bell´) by Bell with his name alone in black fountain pen ink to a light area at the base of the image. Accompanied by the large folded front panel of the original registered post envelope addressed to Mr. Y. Minami of Okura & Co. Ltd in New York City.

Signed photographs of Bell are rare and desirable, and the present example is a particularly unusual and appealing image enhanced by an excellent example of Bell´s signature. Some very light, extremely minor surface creasing and a few very minimal traces of former mounting to the verso, otherwise in very fine condition.