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He signs a typed letter to an insurance executive, relative to his revolutionary 1922 proposal to stabilize prices by tying the US money supply to agricultural production, not gold reserves.
Typed Letter signed: "Thos. A. Edison", 1 page, 8½x11. Orange, New Jersey, 1922 March 1. On Edison Laboratory letterhead to Darwin P. Kingsley, President, New York Life Insurance Company, New York City. In full: "Allow me to thank you for taking the trouble to answer my twenty-six questions so fully. I am slowly digesting the information that is coming in from various quarters and I expect to tabulate the data later on after I have made it a subject of study. There is no objection on my part if you desire to make a few copies of the questions and answers, to give to some of your friends, marking each copy 'Confidential'. Yours very truly". Edison (1847-1931) patented more than a thousand inventions, including the incandescent electric lamp, phonograph (his favorite invention), mimeograph, alkaline storage battery and microphone. In 1890, he invented the Vitascope, and Edison is credited with establishing the standard of using 35mm film with four perforations on the edges. He produced talking motion pictures in 1913. In 1887, Edison had set up his facility dedicated to research and development in West Orange, New Jersey. By the following year, it was the world's largest scientific testing laboratory. This letter followed up on a questionnaire which Edison had sent to prominent bankers and economists, soliciting responses to his proposal to base the US money supply on American agricultural production, not gold reserves. This "currency reserve plan" garnered no support from bankers and economists at the time, although a recent study by economists David L. Hammes and Douglas T. Wills, concludes that Edison's plan was flawed but had some potential advantages. Their study, "Thomas Edison's Monetary Option," can be "googled" on the web. Fold creases through "T" and "A" of signature. File hole at upper margin. Lightly chipped at bottom margin. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio
Died: October 18, 1931 in West Orange, New Jersey

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