HE ENJOYED THREE SIMULTANEOUS AND CHALLENGING CAREERS: A PASTORAL CAREER, A VERY SUCCESSFUL AMATEUR ASTRONOMER, AND AN OPTICAL DESIGNER AND CRAFTSMAN
JOEL HASTINGS METCALF (1866-1925) SIGNED QUOTE, “Joel H. Metcalf/Aug 30, 1919”, on a card 4.25 x 3.5, by the American astronomer, humanitarian, and Unitarian minister, who discovered or co-discovered 5 comets, 41 asteroids, and at least 10 variable stars. He was also an optical designer and lens craftsman, with several important instruments to his credit. His handwritten quote, in full: “Then felt I like some watcher of the skies/When a new planet swims into his lens”. The card is in fine condition, with minor age toning.