[D8847ACI], Letter from Gaston and Marsh to Thomas Alva Edison, September 21st, 1888


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[D8847ACI], Letter from Gaston and Marsh to Thomas Alva Edison, September 21st, 1888

Editor's Notes

Yesterday afternoon we gave our exhibition to the press, and it was a success in every way-so far as the Phonograph went, but on some points, as usual, the papers got mixed. We have sent you a bundle, and if you have time to examine them, you will see that the Phonograph was out in the sun, while the Graphophone occuped rather the shady side of the fence. The writer made a try at public speaking (not 1 or 2 feet away from the phonograh, but 4 feet) turning to the right and left movoing away sideways and turning clear around with back to the machine. It came out wonderfully clear. We had type-setting and type-writing etc. There was but one failure, and that was a recitation by Sol Smith Russell on the Graphophone, which we secured some weeks ago. This makes me believe that with but a small amount of heat, say 90 degrees, the Graph. Cyldiners run somewhat--just enough to blurr the indentations. ### The newspapers made you up a cylinder, which we will not send, as it might be broken; but will send a type-written copy as soon as possible. Our large room is crowded with people constatnly at present. ### The batteries, zincs and cylinders all arrived in time for the exhibition, for which please accept our sincere thanks. ### If we might trouble you again, it would be to ask Mr. Wangeman to send us a few musical cylinders, when he has the time, as those we have are not good. ### Would prefer that the North American people know nothing of our exhibition, as there might be some objection to the part played by the Graphophone. We do not show it to people coming in, as they go away from it over to the Phonograph table. Yours truly, Gaston & Marsh




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