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    Thomas A. Edison Typed Letter Signed "Thos. A. Edison". One page, 8.5" x 11", Orange, New Jersey, January 16, 1924, on Laboratory of Thomas A. Edison stationery. In the letter, addressed to Mr. George Kleine, Edison accepts an invitation to attend a luncheon with members of the motion picture industry. Edison explains that, "I rarely attend such functions on account of my extreme deafness".

    Edison, "The Wizard of Menlo Park", was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production to the process of invention, and therefore is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory. Among his many inventions Edison built a Kinetoscope, that allowed people to watch short, simple films. In 1908, Edison started the Motion Picture Patents Company, which was a conglomerate of nine major film studios (commonly known as the Edison Trust), that controlled much of the motion picture industry. Edison thought that talkies "spoiled everything" in motion pictures. Later Edison lamented, "There isn't any good acting on the screen. They concentrate on the voice now and have forgotten how to act. I can sense it more than you because I am deaf."


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