[D8847AAG], Letter from W J McDonald (Merchant) to Thomas Alva Edison, May 18th, 1888


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[D8847AAG], Letter from W J McDonald (Merchant) to Thomas Alva Edison, May 18th, 1888

Editor's Notes

"The great interest I have in your inventions must be my excuse for writing this, to ask if it would not be better (If it could be done) to indite the matter of the new phonograph on a flat surface instead of a cylinder? I think for the economy of space in the mail bags, the flat plates would occupy so much less room. Suppose I were to mail ten messages to New York. Each cylinder must necessarily go by itself, whereas if on a flat surface they could be tied in a neat package occuping a minimum space, difference as shown in enclosed cut. On a plain surface the messae could be indicted in the form of a scroll see cut "C" I have great faith in the Phonograph becoming very popular. ### Wishing you the abundant success your efforts deserve" Respectfully W.J. McDonald




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