[D8839ABO], Letter from John William Lieb to Francis Robbins Upton, July 1888


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[D8839ABO], Letter from John William Lieb to Francis Robbins Upton, July 1888

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"The Catalogue of the Edison Lamp Co. was duly received and presents a very complete line of products of your industry. Please accept my thanks for the same. ### I note what you say about the Indicators, and will give the matter my attention. Isolated plant business is very poor indeed, and for every plant there are usually 10 or 15 competing firms. ### We find it particularly hard to compete with the Dynamo Manufacturers, who offer their machines at rates varying from 20 to 40% below the prices we are obliged to ask for them. ### A new competitor enters the field and is the cause of my Cablegram of to-day, and which I herewith confirm as follows:-- "Successors German Edison Company flooding Italy Edison Lamps selling 60 cents each." They have appointed an Agent in Milan and are selling to our customers, of course underselling us. They are advertising their product as "Genuine Edison Lamps" and our Company will probably bring suit against them. If they are "genuin Edison Lamps" as asserted we will sue for infrigement, if not we will tackle them on the fradulent use of the name. I have communicated this information to Mr. Dyer at Antwerp so that he may know what is going on." (signed) J.W. Lieb
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Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
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