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Posted By: Walt Mathers on: 12/12/2007 00:59:03 EDT
Subject: RE: Yet Another Vessel Named for Signal Pioneer

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Ray,

Tks for the reminder on this work. Author Denise Pilato relates:

"... on a gloomy November afternoon, deeply depressed, [Martha Coston]... began sorting through her husbandís
papers. She discovered numerous packets, "carefully sealed and labeled", one of which contained drawings for a pyrotechnic night signal.

"She recalled that her husband [had] worked on this invention while at the Washington Navy Yard..."
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Martha Coston, once set on her mission, was given a hard way to go by her male counterparts; not only by some of the review'g navy types but also by the New York based fireworks manufacturer and (by his insistence) co-patentee with Martha - Gus Lilliendahl, whom you have mentioned. But it turned out to be a "Signal Success" by Martha Coston.

Her book, A Signal Success, presents an excellent chronology, a good study of the players at the times and, in shourt, represents what I feel to be another must-read for all serious history students and emulators of the birth of modern military telecommunication.

Green!, Green!, Green.
Walt

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