[D8945ABB], Letter from Missouri Phonograph Co to Thomas Alva Edison, October 30th, 1889


View document with UniversalViewer   → View document on Archive.org  → Re-use this digital object via a IIIF manifest


[D8945ABB], Letter from Missouri Phonograph Co to Thomas Alva Edison, October 30th, 1889

Editor's Notes

Much discussion has been had by the different Companies in regard to the subject of Exhibits. Maj. A.W. Clancy went to ST. Louis two or three days before their great Exposition of 1889 which lasted forty days, and arranged with the management to make a display and give an explanation of the use of the Phonograph and Graphonone. He was assisted by Mr. J.W. Moore , the secretary of the Company and a number of other experienced persons. The result of this exhibit t othe company is highly satisfactory, as we think it has not only advertised the machine successfully in out own territory (Missouri, Arkananas and Indian Territory) but it certainly has had a very great influence in the neighboring States and Territories. We had calls from Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Texas, Nebraska, Kanas, Colorado and Iowa in great numbers, and many of the gentlemen from these outside states were inquiring for the names of the Companies controlling their territory, whom they should address in order to be supplied with Phonographs. The following is the general work and result of the exhibit. 500000 visited the Exposition 250000 of these at least, saw and listened to Phonographs 10 Graphophones 16 Phonographs 24 people constantly empolyed as assistants 35000 people received definite and thorough instruction. $400 paid to newspapers $2500 in general advertising 80000 dodgers were used 20000 prospectus, giving general history of the Phonograph and Graphophone 20000 circulars of general information 1000 special attention cards 1000 complimentary tickets 1000 special invitiations 3000 extra cirulars The phonographs were exhibited; (I) By reproducing loud band music without the use of ear tubes, accompanied by a brief history of the machines; (2) Persons were brought near the machines and full explanations as to how to record and reproduce the human voice, were given with illustrations; (3) The business use of the machines were given by competent clerks copying letters with the type writers and with the pen. Mr. Edison's talk was highly appreciated and the attendance was greatly increased when it became known that we had received the Phonograms from him. We hail with joy reports that are coming out with reference to the improved Phonographs and trust that the Companies will join in advertising, and assist one another in making the machines a success among the people generally.






Folder/Volume ID


Microfilm ID


Document ID



Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
Download CSV | JSON