[D8805AHD], Letter from George Edward Gouraud to Thomas Alva Edison, October 6th, 1888



"Will you please give me your opinion as to the very best form of what is known in America as the Domestic Telegraph System or Automatic Signal Boxes? If there is something similar to this of your town. I should feel much obliged if you would send me a sample in the next shipment of Phonograph material you are sending me. I should be glad to have a pair of such instruments with full particulars regarding price etc, at which they could be furnished in large quantities. ### I have determined to inaugurate a similar call system in London, in advance of, and in connection with the introduction of the Phonograph; in the belief that with the beautifully paved streets of London and the other cities of Europe, the thing would sure to be an unqualified success. Of course I am working on the assumption, and indeed the certainty, of you producing a portable Phonograph, and when that is complete I am to have a 'Phonogram Express Service' in connection therewith; having uniform [unclear] messengers on tricycles, each tricycle carrying a flag indicating the service. This is in my opinion a splendid thing, and which only needs putting in operation to pay well, and will at the same time be a constant and splendid advertisement to the Phonograph. Please give the matter your consideration, and any advice from you would be of the greatest assistance. Once the thing is started and developed in London, it will be adopted by more than half the Cities in Europe." Yours faithfully, G.E. Gouraud "phono quantities"








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[D8805AHD], Letter from George Edward Gouraud to Thomas Alva Edison, October 6th, 1888

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