St. Louis: 1886. Unbound. This letter from the Electric Aurophone Company is dated November 20th, 1886. It was sent from the company headquarters on the St. Louis riverfront to a merchant in Mount Carmel, Illinois. The letter is in nice shape with some light soiling. Very good. Item #009122
The electric Aurophone was a quack product that claimed to be “An Aid to Hearing and an Electrical Treatment for the Permanent Relief of Deafness.” It was composed of an electric battery with a coil of wire designed to shock the inside of the ear to improve hearing. In this letter, the company reports that it has improved the aurophone since the merchant’s agent last examined the product “during the Exposition, probably one of the huge, annual fairs sponsored by the St. Louis Agricultural and Mechanical Association held in Fairground Park at the intersection of Grand and Natural Bridge Avenues.