This folder contains requests for Edison's autograph or photograph and related correspondence. Included are letters from collectors, publishers, news bureaus, photography studios, and educators as well as from children and Edison friends and associates. Some of the letters relate to photographs of Edison taken on special occasions. The correspondents for 1918 include Newcomb Carlton, president of Western Union Telegraph Co.; Lt. R. A. Cluzeau of the French Army's elite Blue Devils unit; Charles H. Lamb, a naval electrician at New London, Connecticut; and engineering author Nevil M. Hopkins.
Approximately 15 percent of the documents have been selected. The unselected items include routine requests granted or deferred; letters of thanks; and requests for Edison's autograph on squares of cloth for Red Cross charity quilts. Also not selected is correspondence handled by William H. Meadowcroft pertaining to visits by the French Army Band and the Blue Devils to the West Orange laboratory. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.