[D8937AAR], Letter from William Dennis Marks to Thomas Alva Edison, July 18th, 1889


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[D8937AAR], Letter from William Dennis Marks to Thomas Alva Edison, July 18th, 1889

Editor's Notes

-Herewith enclosed I hand you report of lamps during the last month in Philadelphia, showing 8055, or an average of 100 lamps a day.####I would also like to add that the Board unanimously passed a resolution yesterday afternoon, putting the price of the electric light at three-quarters of cant (3/4 cent) a lamp hour or $1.50 per M. Cubic ft., which is the price of gas in Philadelphia.###I am thus enabled to co-operate (?) with Gen. wagner in lighting the city, and have accomplished what I trust you will consider a very great step in advance in electric lighting, which is to take it out of the category of luxuries for the rich, and make it a necessity to all alike, at a price no greater than gas with all the advantages on the side of electricity. I feel that this systematic endeavor to sell the electric light by meter, and at a price equal to that of gas is indeed a most important advance.####I would also add that the Board will be prepared, when 50,000 lamps havve been reached, if any reduction is made in gas to further reduce the price of the electric light to $1.-per M. to 1/11 cents per lamp hour, because of the exceedingly satisfactory results obtained during the past three months




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