This letter comes from Emile Berliner’s nephew, Joseph Sanders, in response to questions from Mr. B.L. Aldridge, the Victor Co. historian from the early 1950s to 1959. For context, it should be known that Mr. Sanders was one of the first to work with Emile Berliner on developing the disc record and record player, and was sent to Germany in 1898 to start the German Gramophone Co., also known as Deutsche Grammophon. In the above letter, Sanders confirms that a fellow colleague of Eldridge Johnson and Camdenite, Belford G. Royal was running operations at the Gramophone Co. in London, introducing Sanders and recording executive, Mr. Fred Gaisberg to the facilities. He also notes that machines made by Eldridge Johnson in Camden were being sent to London for storage and eventual sales.


Here, Alfred Clark’s sister is explaining his beginnings in the music industry to her nephew, Alfred R. Clark. She states that Mr. Clark met Emile Berliner after a failed business trip to Paris on behalf of Mr. Edison. Immediately, he realized that Berliner’s disc record and record player was vastly superior to Edison’s cylinder and subsequently joined Emile Berliner and Eldridge Johnson. He moved to Philadelphia and became roommate with Eldridge Johnson, traveling back and forth to Camden to improve upon designs.