[LB031034], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to William Dennis Marks, June 24th, 1889


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[LB031034], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to William Dennis Marks, June 24th, 1889

Editor's Notes

I have received a copy of your report under date June 19th, 1889, to the President and Directors of the Edison Electric Light Co. of Philadelphia, and I think that a few words in regard to our experience at the Pearl Street Station may be of benefit to you at this time.##We found that the best period to take on new customers was during the summer months, and at that time our solicitors did the best work of all the year. On very hot nights they used to go through the district, and enter an establishment where a lot of gas jets were burning--where the people were mopping their heads and perspiring-and asking the proprietor that they would commence talking electric lights to him, and would point out that if he were to replace his gas jets by incandescent lamps, each one of the latter would give off only about [1/25?] the amount of heat of the gas jet. Also that the incandescent light would give him the benefit of a dry atmosphere &c. &c. [These] arguments with which you are familiar and which I need not elaborate. The result was that we took on more customers [during the summmer] than at any other time of the year, and [illegible words] you can do the same thing in Philadelphia. Yours very truly, [signed] TAE [PS] We had a number of customers supplied from Pearl St. station who used the light during the summer only, going back to gas when cold weater came T.A.E.




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