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    Thomas Edison. Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 5" x 8", n.p.; [January 6, 1923?]. A letter, in pencil, to Charles William Luhr concerning the expense of repairing shooks. Edison writes: "Luhr / What was ever done about handling shooks so we wouldn't have so many men repairing them. (? report) There is big chance to save here. Edison"
    Edison's letter is accompanied by an undated autograph letter signed by Luhr to Edison, one page, 8" x 11", regarding the same topic, and may be a response to Edison's letter offered here. Luhr's letter reads: "... We have cut this shook repairing force in half. Where there were 8 men, there are only actually 3 men repairing and one leader. I found on investigation that they were going into too many refinements on our shooks that were not necessary. A little more care in handling also helped this situation..."

    Also included is a five page typescript, 8" x 10.5", n.p.; [circa 1910-1920] by James J. Wood, concerning his career his involvement in the development of commercial arc lighting.

    Charles William Luhr worked for Thomas Edison for more than forty years, specifically assisting Edison in his work with the phonograph and the stock ticker machines. He served as Vice President and Works Manager at Edison's plant in Orange, New Jersey.

    Condition: The Edison letter has horizontal and vertical folds and an impression at the top left hand corner from a paperclip. Otherwise the letter is in good condition. The Luhr letter has horizontal and vertical folds and has some paper loss, especially on the bottom left hand corner of the letter, without affecting text. The letter also has an impression left by a paperclip on the upper left hand corner. The Wood typescript is in fine condition, with light toning.

    More Information:

    Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931), considered by many as America's greatest inventor, held over one thousand patents, including ones for the phonograph, movie camera, and the incandescent light bulb. In addition to the phonograph, the movie camera, and the incandescent light bulb, his many inventions included the stock ticker, and the mechanical vote recorder.  His inventions impacted the movie industry, recorded music, and the field of electricity.  Edison was a pioneer in apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention. He is often credited with establishing the first industrial research laboratory.  


    James J. Wood (1856-1928) was born in Ireland and arrived in the United States in 1864. He began his career as a mechanic but, due to his ability to read blueprints and design machinery, quickly rose in the field of mechanics and lighting.  He rose to become a partner in the Fuller-Wood Company, which was contracted to provide lighting for the Statue of Liberty in 1885.  He later had a long career with the Fort Wayne Electric Company.

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