[D8962AAW], Letter from Jesse H Lippincott to Thomas Alva Edison, October 30th, 1889


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[D8962AAW], Letter from Jesse H Lippincott to Thomas Alva Edison, October 30th, 1889

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After leaving the Works yesterday, I had quite an extended talk with the two gentlemen from Chicago and with Mr. Benson from Omaha. Their opinion is that unless we have a start and stop movement, different from the one now contemplated, that we will make a great mistake. In talking with Mr. Benson of the Columbia Company on last Monday, he was of the same opinion. I am also in receipt of a letter from the Pittsburgh Company, which is very emphatic in the same direction. These people are brought in daily contact with typewriters and other practical users of the machines. They want the motion in starting or stopping a machine to be similar to that made by the typewriter in touching the keys. They say that typewriters, who copy for so much a folio, find fault with any, even slight, impediment in doing their work rapidly. If this movement could be arranged by two keys, it would meet all criticism. ### You may look upon this as a very small or insignificant matter but really the testimony we get from all quarters is so unanimous as to the advisability of using a suitable device, that we would be going greatly against our own interests to not recognize it. ### We are to have a meeting of seven of the near by managers at our office next Monday. I should like very much to be able to show them the complete machine on that day. With the start and stop movement satisfactory and the cylinder the length of the mandrel and a single record cylinder for mailing, my conviction is that the graphophone will be practically shelved.




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