[D8429ZAO], Letter from Francis Robbins Upton to Thomas Alva Edison, June 19th, 1884


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[D8429ZAO], Letter from Francis Robbins Upton to Thomas Alva Edison, June 19th, 1884

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[consider for selection] Irt the English Co letter of May 28: We have no foremen except Holzer who know all the various operations. His entire fortune is locked up in the stock of this company and refuses to leave to compete with himself. You should impress up them to manufacture in large quantity for cost and quality. They can't beat 75 cents locally in the quantity requried. Any company starting would find it expensive to keep to our standard after 2744 experiments. We have made special offers to them and unless they plan to make 300,000 a year its not worth it. We are constantly striving to improve but without enough orders we can't spend on perfecting the lamp. You cannot impress enough the folly of making lamps in small quantities, gives some examples from Canada, France. There is no great profit in making lamps unless the annual sale is very large. We use the same methods as print cloth mills to keep price down by volume. Export to England is economical. Marginalia: "600 days French party"?




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