[D8959AAD], Letter from George Edward Gouraud to Thomas Alva Edison, January 12th, 1889


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[D8959AAD], Letter from George Edward Gouraud to Thomas Alva Edison, January 12th, 1889

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"You will probably have read of the great diorama by Phillip poteaux called “Niagara” which is being exhibited here in London. It is indeed one of the sights of the place and is therefore a great success. The obvious deficiency however, is the absence of the accompanying sound of falling waters, and it has occurred to me that with the use of a suitable funnel, if a Phonograph were placed in some position where the roar of the falls or of the cataracts could be gathered, the such a record would result ass would give a very fair idea of what the sound is, and prove the one much needed supplement to the exhibition. The idea of bottling up Niagara’s noise in this manner and serving it out to the spectators as they looked at the beautiful canvas, would give great pleasure and be a very remarkable demonstration of the powers of the utility of the Phonograph. I have this suggestion to you to carry out in the hope that you will make the experiment and if you do so let me have a cable simply Niagara and if you can add a date to the telegram, I will understand that I may expect the grams about that date, and will make arrangements with the Manager of the Exhibition to show the Phonograph accompanied by a lecture by the man whose qualifications arementioned in the enclosed, accompanied by lantern slides &c. I found that my engagements were so growing upon me that I have been compelled to get someone to lecture for me and I am making a feature of this as an advertisement."




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