American inventor of the phonograph.
Mimeograph Letter Signed, Thos A Edison, one page, quarto, New York, March 23, 1881. To the Albany Steam Trap Company in Albany, New York. “Will you oblige by sending me your prices current and catalogues? ” Edison’s letter is remarkable in that the inventor used one of his own inventions, a mimeograph machine, to duplicate his letters in order to speed the requisitioning of supplies for his laboratory. In 1877 Thomas Edison developed this duplication process using a stencil. Matted in cream and gilt with a waist-length photograph of Edison wearing a suit and bow tie.
Framed in jet and gilt measuring 19 1/2 inches wide by 13 1/2 inches high.
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