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Tracy R. Edson travel diary, 1836

Includes one manuscript diary kept by Edson, describing his journey from New Orleans to Cuba, and his return to New York via New Orleans and the Missippi and Ohio Rivers in 1836. The entries in Edson's diary describe various events, places, and people he encountered on his journey in great detail. During his travels, Edson appears to be scouting for new branch locations for his engraving firm, as he visited customers (mostly banks and businesses) on his way. Edson elected to travel to Cuba as part of his recovery from a year-long illness.


  • 1836


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Biographical / Historical

Tracy R. Edson (1809-1881) was the founder of the American Bank Note Company, the premier engraver of United States postage stamps, United States and Confederate paper currency, stocks, bonds, certificates, and more. Edson was a personal friend and principle financer of Thomas Edison, a founding shareholder and director of the American Speaking Telephone Company, founding shareholder and director of the Metropolitan Telephone and Telegraph Company, and founder of the first Celluloid Manufacturing Company in the world.

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