One of the few inventive ideas of Tom Junior which actually held some merit was a method of steel processing that he developed with his uncle, William Holzer, who was married to the sister of Edison senior's first wife. Holzer had worked for Edison in the Menlo Park laboratory 20 years earlier, and it is questionable whether Edison Jr. or Holzer was the real inventor. Although Bethlehem Steel Company expressed some interest, the process was never adopted and the company collapsed in litigation. This stock certificate (signed by Tom Junior as company president) was never redeemed and the investor, who was the Danish Consul in Boston at the turn of the century, lost $2,500 -- equivalent to almost $60,000 in today's dollars.
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