[D8939ABB], Letter from Francis Robbins Upton to Thomas Alva Edison, April 5th, 1889


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[D8939ABB], Letter from Francis Robbins Upton to Thomas Alva Edison, April 5th, 1889

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Harrison, N.J., April 5th, 1889##Thos A. Edison, Esq.,##Laboratory,##Orange, N.J.##Dear Sir:--##The following is quotation from letter of Mr. P.S. Dyer:--##"Am sorry that you are troubled with competition in price of lamps, but think 60 cents is near the proper price for a good lamp. I do not think it will go lower, but the day of high priced lamps has gone past, however the cost of a good lamp at 60 cents in the cost of an installation is so small that the price is low, and still allows of a good profit. Lamps are sold in Germany all around (50 cents) 2 marks. "Schukert" pays about 2 marks, so he told me lately, but the general price in most parts of Europe is around 80 cents, (4 francs) I am now after an order for South America about 1000 monthly, and will reserve about 20 % royalty for the Edison Company. The Paris Co. are now fighting Siemens & Halske and may break with them, hope they will. The Paris Company claim that Siemens & Halske have been underselling them in Russia and Austria where they had a contract to keep the price up, I believe to 5 francs stiff, I feel that if our lamp keeps up in quality &c., that we will do a good business in Europe this fall and winter."##Yours truly,##EDISON LAMP CO.##By##Francis R. Upton##[name mentions: Paris Company (Compagnie Continentale Edison), Edison Lamp Co., Francis R. Upton, Siemens & Halske, P.S Dyer, "Schuckert," Thos Edison]




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