This and 281 other objects are a part of a set whose first object is Album, Scraps and Sketches by Frederick [sic] S. Church vol. 1.

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Ephemera, The Pigodeon (Patent Applied For)

This is a Ephemera. It was created by Frederick Stuart Church and collected by Dr. Dudley Tenney. It is dated ca. 1894 and we acquired it in 1938. Its medium is graphite on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This object was bequest of Erskine Hewitt. It is credited Bequest of Erskine Hewitt.

Its dimensions are

30.2 × 23.5 cm (11 7/8 × 9 1/4 in.)

It is inscribed

Inscribed in pen and black ink, upper right: My Dear Doubleday / Can you use this / as a comic? / Your F.S. Church / 1512 Bway; in blue crayon, center right: By all / means / FND[?]; in graphite, lower margin: THE PIGODEON. (PATENT APPLIED FOR). / (She loq) I amit [sic] the tones [crossed out] perfect tones of the instument [sic] / but may I ask on what grounds you apply for patent? / (The Professor) "Easiest thing in the world my dear girl, the application of / the electric touch to each pigs tail with conesquntent [sic] shortness [crossed out] duration [gone over in pen and black ink] of squeal

Cite this object as

Ephemera, The Pigodeon (Patent Applied For); Frederick Stuart Church (American, 1842–1924); Collected by Dr. Dudley Tenney (New York City); USA; graphite on paper; 30.2 × 23.5 cm (11 7/8 × 9 1/4 in.); Bequest of Erskine Hewitt; 1938-57-1070-125

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