[D8905AEB], Letter from A Dalgleish to Thomas Alva Edison, June 21st, 1889


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[D8905AEB], Letter from A Dalgleish to Thomas Alva Edison, June 21st, 1889

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A paragraph has recently appeared in many of the London papers which states that in a recent interview with the representative of an American newspaper you stated to him that you were at work on a "far-sight machine" for the electrical transmission of visual images and that you hoped to have the machine commercially completed by 1892. ## The fact that I have been connected for the last 9 or 10 years with companies identified with your inventions (telephone & electric light) and that I take a real interest in the possibility of a solution to the problem of "electrical sight " must be my excuse for troubling you. ## I should esteem it a favor if you would kindly inform me whether the phonograph in question correctly represents what you may have said to the interviewer and whether you see a reasonable prospect of realising the far sighted in practice. ## You may be aware that some 8 or 9 years ago for Shelford Bidwell one of the Directors of the Edison [E. L?] in this country and said a Director of the E& L exhibited an apparatus for transmitting visual imagery eletrially by means of a number of small trap doors arranged [dranget?] board fashion in conjunction with selenium cells, but this of course was a very crude &unpractical idea. ## A "Telechoscope" if we may give it such a name would without doubt find a vast field of practical usefulness in connection with the telephone & [probattery?] even the phenomenal acuteness of the legal advisers of the Government of this country would fail to [occasion phone?] that such an instrument came under the legal definition of a telegraph & was therefore in the U.K a government monopoly.





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