THOMAS A. EDISON - CORPORATE MINUTES SIGNED 10/20/1920 CO-SIGNED BY: GOVERNOR CHARLES EDISON, STEPHEN B. MAMBERT, HARRY F. MILLER, HOWARD H. ECKERT, CHARLES W. LUHR, WILLIAM DYKEMAN - HFSID 84395
Sale Price $1,530.00
THOMAS A. EDISON, CHARLES EDISON and OTHERS. Typed DS: "Thos A Edison", "Charles Edison", "Stephen B. Mambert", "H F Miller", "H H Eckert", "Chas W. Luhr" (three times) and "Wm Dykeman" (three times), 3p, 8¼x11 (front and verso). West Orange, N.J., 1920 October 20. Headed: "Minutes of a Meeting of the Board of Directors of Edison Phonograph Works". Authorization "for the purchase of 4000 W-19 Shockss" at a cost "not to exceed $12,440.00", "for the purchase of 50,000 Brass Reproducer Cup Tubes" at a cost "not to exceed $12,100.00", and to cancel an order relating to the addition to the front of two buildings. Each is signed by both CHARLES W. LUHR as Vice President & Works Manager and WILLIAM DYKEMAN as Vice President in charge of Purchases. Each of these three pages of company record is numbered, from 169-171 in an upper 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. Lightly creased. Lower left blank corner of page 169 torn away, chipped at blank left edge on that page. ¼-inch tear at upper blank margin of signature page. Paper strip affixed to blank left margins of both pages. Slightly soiled, lightly shaded at upper blank margins. Stary ink marks on second page. Fine and interesting.
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