[D8955ACI], Letter from Luther Halsey Williams to Thomas Alva Edison, June 18th, 1889


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[D8955ACI], Letter from Luther Halsey Williams to Thomas Alva Edison, June 18th, 1889

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My long association with Lippincott & my interest in the two Penna. Phonograph Cos. has put me in position to form an opinion on the Commercial value of the phonograph. Mr Lombard has sent me for my personal use a treadle phonograph with your new spectacle. I have always had some doubt as to commercial success of the machine in the hands of the average business man and his clerks. That doubt is now removed. There is still one thing I think important viz. a simple cylinder, that is a cylinder that is to be used but once, doing away with the need to cut down the wax cylinder. With this improvement the future is assured.##A combined treadle & motor machine should be made for use outside of the cities so that in case of failure of the battery the motive power would not fail. In such cases I would charge the customer for motor as well as battery.##I feel impelled to write you thus as I have given the matter very close observation fo a year past & have been in constant contact with the people using it and have seen the practical difficulties in the hands of inexperienced people which is the class with whom we must deal.##I can congratulate you as well as those of us interested in the local companies on the propsects. Very Resptly L Halsey Williams




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