[LB027897], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Everett Frazar, January 24th, 1889


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[LB027897], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Everett Frazar, January 24th, 1889

Editor's Notes

"In reference to your letter of 16th instant, wherein you quote an extract from a communication addressed to yourself by your firm in Japan, asking to what extent the Japanese can imitate the Edison Phonograph, I have discussed this matter with Mr. Edison, and he says that it will be practically impossible for the Japanese to make phonographs by any method within their reach as cheaply as your firm will be able to supply them from our factory. The nature of the instrument is such as to render imitation and duplication, under the most favorable circumstances, a very difficult matter, and should they succeed, which is very doubtful, in imitating the mechanical construction of the machine, the amount which it will cost them to accomplish this result will be an efficient barrier against any [unclear] competition." Yours very truly, A.O. Tate





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