Thomas Edison. Autograph Letter Signed with Initials. Three pages, 5" x 8", n.p.; [circa 1920s]. A letter, in pencil, from Edison to "Charles" concerning a reduction in the production of phonographs due to decrease in demand, due to the emergence of radios. Edison writes: "Charles / It may be that we are making too many disc phonos just now. Many dealers are neglecting phono for radio in the small towns. If it was confined to Cities it wouldn't matter because cities are poor markets. It looks as if a reduction to 200 per day would fill the demand and a rather drastic reduction in force in Luhr dept. Bwike [Buick?] is studying out how to reduce the unnecessary numbers of men in store rooms. Luhr don't reduce his regular non producers as much as he should because he don't know how & is afraid. Since we want less phonos these reductions would not endanger our production. I have put an outside inspector on all works. He will check LeBlane Sheldon outside laborers etc. TAE" Edison is likely writing to his son Charles Edison, who ran Edison Records during this time. Accompanied by the original transmittal envelope addressed to "Charles".

    Condition: Written in pencil. the letter has horizontal and vertical folds and an impression left by a paperclip at the top left hand corner. Small chip at top right corner of third page.

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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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