[LB028087], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Edward Hibberd Johnson, February 4th, 1889


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[LB028087], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Edward Hibberd Johnson, February 4th, 1889

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"I got your note in regard to photograph dolls and showed it to Mr. Edison. He told me to give instructions for two dolls to be prepared for you at once, which I did, and they are now ready. At the same time I telegraphed the Edison Phonograph Toy M’f’g. Co., Boston, in Mr. Edison’s name asking for permission to give you these dolls for exhibition, and I expect an answer from them every moment. ### In regard to the phonograph, I am sorry that you are going to have any exhibition of it to-night. We have a number of good records for you, and I am afraid that your exhibition to-night will have take the edge off people’s interest before these come along. Why can you not hold the phonograph back altogether until tomorrow night, taking advantage of the opportunity which will be offered you to-night, to announce to your audience that to-morrow night you will exhibit the phonograph? This would probably have the effect of bringing a good many of the same people back again, who otherwise would only attend once." Yours Truly, A.O. Tate POSTSCRIPT [see LB028088 and LB028088A]: "Since dictating the foregoing, I have received the following answer to my telegram from the Edison Phonograph Toy M’f’g Co.:- ### "Just as present we wish to avoid any publicity." ### I regret very much that it will now be impossible for us to send you the dolls, as Mr. Edison could not permit an exhibition of them without the Toy Phonograph people’s consent. ###[handwritten] Our telegrams to the Toy Phono people read as follows: May I allow Mr. [unclear] Johnson to have two good dolls for exhibition at Charity entertainment New York this week. Please answer at once." [Signed] TAE "





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