[D8958AAA1], Letter from U.S. Post Office Dept. Foreign Mails, Nicholas Montgomery Bell to Thomas Alva Edison, January 22nd, 1889


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[D8958AAA1], Letter from U.S. Post Office Dept. Foreign Mails, Nicholas Montgomery Bell to Thomas Alva Edison, January 22nd, 1889

Editor's Notes

Your attention is invited to the following extract (translation) from a letter of the Postal Administration of Germany, viz:-##"The Imperial German Post Office requests the Post Office Department to procure for the German Postal Museum (in Berlin) one of the new Edison Phonographs, as this instrument - according to the newspaper reports - is used very extensively.##To Judge from these newspaper reports, the exhibition of this Phonograph in various cities has been particularly interesting owing to the circumstance that the words of prominent circles of America have been reproduced at a considerable distance from the place where they are spoken.##As the Geman Postal Museum not only exhibits its collection of telegraph and other apratus, but also endeavors to show to visitors their practical appliction, it would be very desirable, if some words spoken by some of the persons referred to above could be transmitted with the Phonograph. The Imperial German Post Office would, therefore, be greatly obliged if the Post Office Department would also produce some such words in connection with the Phonograph."##Please inform me, as soon as practicable, if you can furnish this Department with a thoroughly tested phonograph, of the best finish and with the latest improvements, accompanied with full instructions for its use, and with remarks of prominent persons for reproduction, all packed with great care, so as to insure safe transmission to Germany, for exhibition in the Imperial German Postal Museum in Berlin; and if so, what iwill be the price of the same?##If any improvements in the instrument are contemplated, and it is in your opinion advisable to await their completion before complying with the request of the German Office, I would thank you to promptly advise this Department to that effect.




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