EDISON, THOMAS A. 1847-1931.
Autograph Note Signed ("E"), 2 pp recto only, in pencil, 8vo, [October 9, 1914], being an invitation asking a secretary to reply in a particular way, dated in pencil on verso, toned, silked on verso, and taped to mount at extremities, matted with a portrait and framed.
Edison asks his secretary to reply to a customer in Meadville, PA: "Say we have never claimed that our records are indestructible. All things wear out in timeThe record now issued which has a white label will last many years before the gloss wears off. Even then the record is not hurt. Sometimes a nick gets into the diamond and cuts the gloss off. In such cases you can get your reproducer exchanged at small expense for a new one if the diamond is not broken. E." Edison refers to his "Diamond Disc," introduced in 1912 when competitors' disc records began to outsell Edison's phonograph cylinders. The Diamond Disc eventually lost out to the "78."