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THOMAS A. EDISON - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/26/1929 - HFSID 350574

THOMAS ALVA EDISON Edison recalls early days of organizing electric light companies. Typed Letter Signed, "ThosAEdison". March 26, 1929, in black ink, one page, on Edison's Orange, New Jersey Laboratory letterhead, 8 x 10 7/8. Edison shares memories with Judge Henry A.

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THOMAS ALVA EDISON
Edison recalls early days of organizing electric light companies.
Typed Letter Signed, "ThosAEdison". March 26, 1929, in black ink, one page, on Edison's Orange, New Jersey Laboratory letterhead, 8 x 10  7/8. Edison shares memories with Judge Henry A. Clark, one of his compatriots who helped install electric light systems with the Edison Company for Isolated Lighting in Erie, Pennsylvania during the 1880's. The former employee of the Edison Electric Light Company, briefly returned to Edison's fold after World War I to advise him regarding patent infringement litigation. Strikingly unique in that Edison used an early dictation recording machine. In part: “I greatly enjoyed reading your interesting reminiscences of those early and strenuous pioneer days of the electric light system, and remember quite well the important part you played in organizing some of those early companies, which have turned out so successfully. The thought of these things brings back to memory a very important and interesting period of my life.”. Slightly soiled, creased at folds, three-inch vertical tear at upper left corner, otherwise fine condition. Framed to an overall size of 31x21.

THOMAS EDISON (1847-1931, born in Milan, Ohio) 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. His original laboratory, in Menlo Park, New Jersey, was removed to the Greenfield Village Museum in Dearborn, Michigan by his friend, Henry Ford, in 1929.

HENRY ALDEN CLARK - (1850-1944), Harvard law graduate, associated with Edison electric light company and subsidiaries until 1887, owner and editor of the Erie Gazette, Pennsylvania state senator, U.S. representative (1917-1919), judge of the orphans' court (1921-1931), active philanthropist.

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