S W Wetmore, Christmas at Illinois State Penitentiary, 1878

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S W Wetmore, Christmas at Illinois State Penitentiary, 1878

DEC. 25. 1878

"And all the angels in heaven shall sing
On Christmas Day, On Christmas Day;
And all the angels in heaven shall sing
On Christmas Day
in the morning!"

"Haste we then to welcome,
With a joyous lay,
Christ, the King of glory,
Born for us to day."

Electric pen work by S W Wetmore [[1]]


S W Wetmore
Sidney W Wetmore
Date written
cm x cm in x in
Edison Electric Pen
Penmanship Style
Manuscript, print
Electric pen work by S W Wetmore high resolution close-up [[2]]
Image on this page courtesy of Bill Burns, Electricpen.org [3]
Links for S (Sidney) W Wetmore material, courtesy Bill Burns
Edison Electric Pen work
  • Merry Xmas and happy new year [[4]]
  • Christmas programme key [[5]]
Courtesy of Chicago History Museum, material in the collections of the Chicago History Museum
Joliet Prison photograph collection, ca. 1889-1895 [6]
Wetmore, S. W., photographer
Photos of Edison Electric Pen artwork by Wetmore
  • Christmas poster and decorations [[7]]
  • Discharge list, 1885 [[8]]
Photos of Edison Electric Pen work by prisoners?
  • Escape attempt, female convict
  • Escape attempt, female convict falling from window
  • Cartoon "Phthisis Pulmonalis"
  • Cartoon "Packing the Baby"
  • Cartoon "The Contract-Prison-Labor question..."
  • Prisoners
Our penal institutions, life in a great prison (photos and article) [[9]]
Imprisoned anarchists: Fielden; Schwab; Neebe. [10]
Behind the bars at Joliet : a peep at a prison, its history and its mysteries [11][12]
Prison Photography text [[13]]
Gentle spirit drawing, from The Thomas Edison Papers [[14]]
Additional examples of Edison Electric Pen writing
Thomas Alva Edison Papers, Daily Electric Letter, Vol I, No. 39, 1877
J U Mackenzie, Receipt to Valentine Marsh, 1878
Edison Electric Pen
Thomas Edison's early drawings of electric pen, 1875, Courtesy of The Thomas Edison Papers, Rutgers University [[16]] [[17]]
Rough Transcription of Edison's Autographic Press Caveat No 2. October 2-3, 1875 [[18]]
History of Edison Electric Pen
Predecessor of Edison's Electric Pen, Samuel Huffman's Puncturing Machine, 1866 [[19]]
Edison et al v Klaber, copyright infringment case, 1889 [[20]]
Link to Edison
The Thomas A Edison Papers [21]
File name
Wetmore S W 18xx-0x-0x

S W Wetmore Edison Electric Pen Christmas at Illinois State Penitentiary 1878.jpg