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    Thomas Edison Autograph Note (unsigned). One page, 8.25" x 10.5", n.p.; [circa August 10, 1922]. A note, in pencil, at the bottom of an autograph letter from R.C. Bradshaw to Edison, dated August 10, 1922, concerning sale orders for the cylinder recording of the "Sheik of Araby." Bradshaw reports: "The orders are still coming in for the 'Sheik.' Orders to date are over 13,000. Considering the fact the record was issued on the 'Make to Order' basis and was not pushed the same as 'Flash' type or regular 'Supplement' records, this is a pretty good showing."

    Edison's replied to Bradshaw's optimistic report: "Shows that if we have a poor thing & put it on order & if publishers advertise & Movies put on they play Sheik we still win out & don't stick the dealer with 20 rotten tunes that don't sell."

    Edison Phonograph Company began marketing disk-player machines in 1912 and continued to produce cylinder recordings until 1929, the year Edison departed the recording industry altogether. In November 1921, Edison issued a cylinder recording of the "Sheik of Araby" by the Broadway Dance Orchestra. The song was composed in 1921 in response to the popularity of Rudolf Valentino's feature film "The Sheik."

    The letters has a horizontal fold and chipping along the top and bottom edge and at the left hand side of horizontal fold. Partial separation along fold and toning.

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    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.  

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