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[Handwritten at top of first page:] Compliments of Wm. Dunn

W1709 TO [DR. CALVIN BROOKS MCQUESTEN] from William Dunn
Oct 1 1884 1
To: [784 Lexington, New York]



Third and Fourth Avenues, Seventh and Eighth Streets, New York City,

Manufacturers throughout the country may be fully represented and secure all the advantages of a branch office in New York city, at a mominal cost, and under the most auspices.


Embrace nearly the entire ground floor and a large portion of the basement of the Cooper Union Building, one of the handsomest, most prominent and best known buildings in the city. These halls are unequaled in their adaptation for the purpose of the exhibition, being centrally located, well lighted, and of such large dimensions, as to afford every facility for displaying exhibits to the best advantage.

Exhibitors are charged a monthly rental of twenty-five cents per square foot of space, when six or more feet are taken, for not less than six months. For five feet, or less, the charge is fifty cents per square foot per month. Window space fifty cents per square foot. A reasonable commission will be charged on sales,effected by the management through its own salesmen. Competent attendants are present to take care of the goods, give explanations,make sales, or take orders for such articles as are placed on exhibition for sale.

Exhibitors may establish their offices in the Exposition, and employ their own attendants, to effect sales, &c. In such cases no commissions are charged.

The Exhibition is free to visitors. Open daily from 9 A.M. to 9.30 P.M. During Summer months closes at 6 P.M.

The affairs of the Permanent Exhibition are directed by a Board of Trustees, incorporated under the laws of the State of New York, and, although the Exhibition is conducted as a business enterprise on strictly business principles, it owes its existence to a desire on the part of the late Peter Cooper to found an institution which should be of practical benefit to the industrial interests of the country. To this fact is due its location in the Cooper Union Building, and the earnest and active interest that was taken in the enterprise from its conception by Mr. Cooper, who, himself, was a successful inventor and manufacturer. Mr Cooper ofen remarked that he attributed his great success to the fact that he was generally able to invent whatever was essential to the economical conduct of his manufacturers.

The management, knowing that the reputation and permanent succes of the Exhibiton depend in a great measure on the character and quality of the exhibits,have determuined to admit only such articles as are decidedly meritorious and and can be commended, preference being given to entries of scientific construction, superior workmanship and practical utility. They aim to establish, by the superiority of the goods exhibited, such a reputation for the sales department of the institution that purchasers can rely on the articles on exhibition being equal, if not superior, to any others in their respective classes which may be or the market. To those manufacturers who produce any special line of goods of undoubted merit, unrivaled opportunities are afforded for introducing their productions to the notice of the general public, since the halls are visited daily by persons from all parts of the world. Hence, the advantages to be derived from securing space in the Exhibition are apparent.

The success of the undertaking surpassed the expectations of its projector. The character of the exhibits already entered, and the support it has received,have contributed to render it one of the attractions of the city, and there is every reason to assume that strangers from all countries will constantly resort to this Exhibition to acquaint themselves with the best products of inventive, mehcanical and manufacturing skill, which, it is intended, will be represented in these halls.


The extensive and costly alterations in strenghtening the foundations and structure of the lower portions of the Cooper Union Building that are now being carried out and aree nearly completed, will enable the Board of Trustees of the Permanent Exhibition to take a new departure in regard to the exhibiton of machinery in motion. The new and improved Steam Engine of sixty horse-power, introduced a few years since for the exclusive use of the Exhibition Halls, may now, owing to the alterations above alluded to, be applied generally to drive such machinery as Exhibitors may desire to have in motion--a feature which will prove not only a source of interest to visitors but also a decided advantage tothose who wish to attract attention to their machines. Manufacturers will thus be afforded special facilities for illustrating the merits of their respective machines, and purchasers in witnessing the performance of machines will be able to judge of their applicability to their requirements.

Water and Gas may be used to operate engines and other apparatus adpated to those respective motive powers.


Is a monthly periodical published by the management in the interests of the Permanent Exhibition. It is devoted to the progress of Science and Mechanics. Its columns are replete with descriptions and illustrations of new manufactures, inventions and recent scientific discoveries. Useful suggestions and items of interest to the manufacturer, mechanic and scientist are carefully seletced and presented to its readers. The Industrial News, owing to its large circulation both in this country and Great Britain, is an excellent medium through which manufacturers can introduce their goods both to the trade and the general consumer. Patrons of the Exhibition wishing to advertise in the "News" can obtain liberal rates.


The Exhibition affords special facilities to Exhibitors for the introduction of their exhibits into foreign countries through the medium of its London house, Nos.1 and 5 Austin Friars.

Note--The management of the Permanent Exhibition, by the request of the British Consul, Mr. Pierrepont Edwards, will receive and forward any exhibits which may be intended for the International Inventors' Exhibition, to be held in Londin , in 1885. No charges will be made for these services further than the actual disbursements for freight, cartage and packages. Applications for space to the International Inventors' Exhibition, London, must be received by the Secretary in London, prior to December 31, 1884. Forms of application and further information may be obtained from the British Consul, New York.

1 This document is not actually dated but the note at the end states December 31, 1884 as the final application date for requesting space at the exhibition, indicating that it must have been written and distributed well before that date. October 1 was chosen arbitrarily for classification purposes. However, on the back of this document was written a brief note by Dunn dated January 29, 1885 concerning the operation of a "Hook-bar" and the this ad and the note were both mailed, presumably to Dr. Calvin McQuesten who also lived in New York (W1711).

Dunn had been considering exhibiting machinery at this fair in order to try to sell his patents and machines (W2561, W2565, W2569).

Dunn's business relationship with the McQuesten brothers was a difficult one. Isaac had invested funds in Dunn's efforts to sell his machine patents but Dunn was an inadequate salesman (or possibly a clever con-man) and made little profit. Eventually Dunn agreed to repay Isaac $600 but apparently failed to do so as the McQuesten's considered suing (W2609 and links). For more on Dunn, see W2554a.

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