THOMAS A. EDISON - CORPORATE MINUTES SIGNED 09/29/1920 CO-SIGNED BY: GOVERNOR CHARLES EDISON, STEPHEN B. MAMBERT, HARRY F. MILLER, HOWARD H. ECKERT, CHARLES W. LUHR, WILLIAM DYKEMAN - HFSID 84394
Sale Price $1,530.00
THOMAS A. EDISON and OTHERS. Typed DS: "T A Edison", "Charles Edison", "Stephen B. Mambert", "H.F. Miller", and "H H Eckert" as Secretary, on sixth page and "Chas. W. Luhr" as Vice President & Works Manager" and "Wm Dykeman" as Vice President in charge of Purchases, on each of the first five pages, 6p, 8¼x11. West Orange, New Jersey, 1920 September 29. Headed: "MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF EDISON PHONOGRAPH WORKS". Individual orders approved signed by Luhr and Dykeman include: "purchase of 2500 H-10 Mahogany cabinets at $23.50 each" from "the Monitor Furniture Co. of Jamestown, N.Y.", "purchase of 1000 IU-19 cabinets at $130.00 (later increased to $131.00 to cover additional labor costs)" from "the Aimone Mfg. Co....New York City" and "purchase of 1500 W-19 Walnut cabinets at a price of $66.00" from Aimone. Each of these six pages of company record is numbered from 155-160 in upper right corner. The phonograph was Edison's favorite invention. The Edison Phonograph Works was formed on October 8, 1887, to market Edison's invention. He introduced the Improved Phonograph by May of 1888, shortly followed by the Perfected Phonograph. The Edison Phonograph Works also produced musical cylinders for coin-slot phonographs which some of the subsidiary companies had started to use. These were precursors of the jukebox. The inventor's son, CHARLES EDISON later served as FDR's Secretary of the Navy and Governor of New Jersey. STEPHEN B. MAMBERT, who had been named efficiency engineer of Thomas A. Edison, Inc. in 1915, served as a financial executive for Edison. HARRY F. MILLER began his association with the Edison laboratory in 1888, becoming Edison's private secretary (1908-1910). He was also assistant treasurer for the Edison Phonograph Works, the National Phonograph Company, the Edison Manufacturing Company and the Bates Manufacturing Company and became Treasurer of Thomas A Edison Inc. in 1916, serving until his retirement in 1937. Full-length 1¼-inch reinforcing strip along left edge on each page, each lightly rippled from mounting adhesive. Slightly nicked at lower right corner of first page. Otherwise, fine condition.
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