[LB030084], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Albert Blake Dick, May 27th, 1889



As yet I am unable to instruct you definitely in regard to Toy Phonograph business, but expect to cable you my wishes soon. Meanwhile you can do nothing but accumulate statistics and general information, which it is quite important I should be in possession of so that I can form my plans intelligently. I wish you would be kind enough to write me immediately, outlining the whole commercial doll system as you have found it to exist, both as to France and the doll trade of any other countries with which you have made yourself familiar, quoting prices as far as you are able, and using care to omit no details of which you have knowledge. Perhaps the best way would be for you to assume that I am entirely ignorant of the whole business, and write me in conformity with that assumption. What I wish to avoid is the omission of any detail which might seem unimportant to you were you writing me under ordinary circumstances, as it may have some effect upon my plans which you could not forsee. My machinery, which has an immediate capacity of two thousand movements per day, will be delivered in about three weeks. This output can be increased to three thousand daily as soon as the operatives become expert. You will, therefore, see that I have this end of the business well in hand. I want now to get a good grasp of the commercial end, and thus be fully equipped all around for quick action. So please lose no time in complying with my request. Yours very truly, [signed] TAE









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[LB030084], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Albert Blake Dick, May 27th, 1889

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