HE WAS A GENIUS WHO INFLUENCED THE DIRECTION OF THE ENTIRE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY AND DESIGNED ONE OF THE EARLIEST AUTOMOBILES MADE IN THE UNITED STATES, INVENTED THE METAL ALLOY STELLITE (DESIGNED FOR WEAR RESISTANCE), AND INDEPENDENTLY CO-DISCOVERED MARTENSITIC STAINLESS STEEL
ELWOOD HAYNES (1857-1925) SIGNED CARD, “Elwood Haynes, Kokomo, Ind., Apr. 19th, 1920”, on a card 4.25 x 3.5, by the American inventor, metallurgist, automotive pioneer, entrepreneur, and industrialist, who designed one of the earliest automobiles, feasible for mass-production, in the United States. He formed Haynes Automobile Company, the first company in the U.S. to produce automobiles profitably, and successfully road-tested his first car, the Pioneer, in 1894. During the Indiana gas boom he invented several devices that became important to the success of the industry, including a device that was capable of measuring the amount of gas being pumped from wells. In 1912 he formed Haynes Stellite Company to produce one of the new alloys and became wealthy by 1916. He sold his patent for stainless steel to the American Stainless Steel Company. This extremely rare signature card is in fine condition, with minor age toning.