[D8332ZAC], Letter from Francis Robbins Upton to Thomas Alva Edison, March 8th, 1883


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[D8332ZAC], Letter from Francis Robbins Upton to Thomas Alva Edison, March 8th, 1883

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"We are now in full running order so that all departments are good for 12,000--15,000 lamps a week.." Has enough orders to run through April, but not after that. "I spoke to Insull yesterday about offering lamps at 40 cts. for May and June if ordered in lots of 50,000. We could make money on them as we are now in fine trim." All the workers are well trained for their work. "Holzer has a fine set of glass blowers coming on, we have taken in Germans and married men as far as possible in this department so as to have reliable help." Will probably shut down for 6 wks starting July 1, but thinks that "next fall we shall have all the business it is possible for us to do. With the new village plants, a new station in N.Y., the new styles of dynamo machines, the new catalogue of Bergmann, and the renewals that must come from lamps now burning there is no question about demand." Also expects overseas business. Thinks will be making 20K lamps a wk in fall. Needs "trained hands" though. "Glassblowers that have been with us six weeks can seal in 30 carbons in the globe a day with a loss of 20%. One of our hld hands will put in 240 carbons in ten hours with a loss of less than 4%." Asks TAE to write to his agents abroad to get them to take some of inventoried lamps, some 34K, off his hands.




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Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
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