[LB027561], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to New York World, James Frank Graham, December 31st, 1888


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[LB027561], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to New York World, James Frank Graham, December 31st, 1888

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"Two telegrams were received by us on Saturday afternoon from Mr. M. H. Rosenfeld, one addressed to Mr. Edison and the other to myself, in relation to the phonograph dolls which have been promised you. Mr. Rosenfeld's telegrams, either justly or unjustly, have impressed us with the idea that you consider we are neglecting you. This letter is to assure you that such is not the case. Mr. Edison is conducting in the Laboratory here a series of experiments with the view of bringing out a talking doll which will bear without injury the treatment that we expect it to receive when it gets into the hands of the public. The phonographic portion of this doll is all right, but the details of the mechanism have not yet been satisfactorily arranged. Mr. Edison has made a number of models and is now making others. A representative of the Edison Phonograph Toy M'f'g. Co. took three sample dolls from the Laboratory to the Company's headquarters in Boston the other day, and found when he reached his destination that the shaking which they received in transit had injured them sufficiently to ruin their talking power. We do not wish to furnish you with a doll which is going to live for only a day. Just as soon as Mr. Edison gets a model which is satisfactory, your dolls will be put in shape and sent to you. Trusting that this explanation will convince you of our desire to accommodate you in the matter."




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