Spring Auction 2014
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An interesting correspondence of six signed letters written by Thomas Edison to one of his dealer representatives for the Gerard Phonograph Company.
The complete collection consists of 10 letters, five letters are signed in pencil with his last name and one with his initials. The collection shows you an interesting insight into the way Thomas Edison worked within his business deals, the letters are referenced to Mr. Hawley’s accusation that Thomas Edison’s owned photograph Corporation of Manhattan was getting favoritism over other dealers and jobbers in Gerard’s territory. One letter on his laboratory stationery dated July 30, 1924 signed by Edison with last name in pencil. Five other handwritten letters signed by Edison are part of the correspondence to Mr. Holly and his claim.
In one interesting note, Edison writes in full: “Hawley here seems to be the proof that your traveler is a liar signed Edison”. Also, included are the original letters sent to Edison and a letter showing the dealers and their operating commission plan for the Gerard phonograph Company dated June 24, 1924 listing the 14 dealers and their commission rates, below the list, Edison writes to Hawley “that these are his canvassing dealers were operating the sub dealer system in his territory and he will send whole lists when finished signed by Edison”. Great historical lot.
Thomas Edison Collection Of 6 Signed Letters (Phonograph Business)
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