[D8849ADD], Letter from Frazar & Co to Everett Frazar, December 27th, 1888


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[D8849ADD], Letter from Frazar & Co to Everett Frazar, December 27th, 1888

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"This afternoon at the U.S. Legations, Tokyo, the writer has seen a Graphophone which we understand has been sent out by the American Graphophone Co. in charge of their agent Mr. Austin Herr. The instrument is operated by a treadle and is mounted on a stand like a sewing machine. It was operated this afternoon and we were informed that this trial at the Legation was very successful. The U.S. minister Mr. Hubbard, received a phonogram from Mr. D.W. Stevens, Secy of the Japanese Legation. Washington from which he reorganized the tones of his voice etc. without difficulty. There were also on the stand small boxes addressed to several prominent Japanese officials which were said to contain Johnson [unclear] from Mr. Mustu, the Japanese Minister at Washington introducing Mr. Herr to the various Gov't Dep [unclear] in Tokyo. So far as we had an opportunity to examine the machine there appeared to be no name or plate to identify it with the makers. There was, however, gilded on a small iron post. 'Patented' but the date could not be deciphered. On a box containing the phonogram cylinders was [unclear] 'American Graphophone Co.' judging from illustrations we have seen in the papers of Mr. Edison's Phonograph. This graphophone appears to be a very close imitation. ### We think Mr. Edison or his represtative will be interested to have early intimation of this and we have to day wired you.' Herr Agent American graphone here canvessing actively.' We understand that Mr. Herr arrived here on the 19th from San Francisco. He is registered at the hotel as from Washington." Yours faithfully, Frazar Co. [Marginalia: "The graphophone is worked by a treadle no. battery could be seen." F. Co]






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