John A. Roebling's Sons Co Illustrated Letterhead. 9 1/4" 5 3/4". Nice detailed illustration of the Brooklyn Bridge.
As a father and son, John and Washington Roebling were the foremost American engineers of suspension bridge construction in the nineteenth century. In 1841 John Roebling invented the twisted wire-rope cable, an invention which foreshadowed the use of wire cable supports for the decks of suspension bridges. Six years later he established a factory in New Jersey for the manufacture of this cable. Because the cable could support long spans and extremely heavy loads, Roebling quickly gained a reputation as a quality bridge engineer. John Roebling completed dozens of major works and designed the largest bridge span of his lifetime. In spite of his successes in former ventures, he was laughed at when he claimed that he could connect Manhattan and Brooklyn with a single-span suspension bridge, whose center span would be 1,600 feet. However, after the winter of '66-'67 he was commissioned to start work on the venture. Ironically, the bridge that remains as his monument, cost him his life. It was while he was locating the site for the Brooklyn tower that a carelessly piloted ferry boat crashed into a pier on which he was standing, and crushed his foot. He developed tetanus poisoning from the injury and died in 1869, before even the towers had been erected. When his father died, Washington was appointed Chief Engineer to carry on the work that had become the greatest goal of his father's life. Strangely, the project was to cost the Colonel, also, if not his life, at least his health. Fortunately, however, he lived not only to see the Brooklyn Bridge open in 1883, but also to contribute greatly to the success of the John A. Roebling's Sons Company.
Three small spindle holes left side, overall VG. (Jb.497); $125.