[LB052112], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to N A Jennings, August 31st, 1891


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[LB052112], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to N A Jennings, August 31st, 1891





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


August 31, 1891.
N. A. Jennings, Esq.,
Dallas, Texas.
Dear Sir:-
Your letter of 20th ultimo has remained unanswered owing to the absence of Mr. Edison, who returned to the Laboratory only a few days ago.
Mr. Edison read your communication with much interest, and in reply instructed me to say to you that your ideas with respect to moving photographs are, in general, correct. The glass cylinder idea would not, however, be practicable, on account of the great difficulty of stopping and starting 40 times in a second, which is necessary in order to take a complete picture. Mr. Edison uses simply a thin band of film.
A description of Mr. Edison’s KINETOGRAPH (the invention mentioned in the newspaper paragraph to which you refer), written by George Parsons Lathrop, appeared in “Harper’s Weekly” a few months ago. A description of the apparatus was also published in all the prominent newspapers.
Yours very truly,
[AO Tate?]
Private Sec’y.
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