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Letter to Oskar Speck from Gerhard Garn

Date: 4 August 1937
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Nancy Jean Steele Bequest
Object Name: Letter
Object No: ANMS0538[016]

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    Letter to Oskar Speck from Gerhard Garn typed letter in German on Gerhard / Garn / I.G. Farbenindustrie A.G. / AGFA's letterhead paper. Dated 4 august 1937, the letter refers to an impertinent letter Oskar sent AGFA, states they will not supply film unless it is paid for in cash.
    • Gerhard Garn Batavia I.G. Farbenindustrie A.G. 4 August 1937 Plant Agfa Berlin Branch Office: Geo. Wehry & Co. Batavia To: Mr. Oskar Speck Currently in: Timor Dili Dear Mr. Speck, In regard to your letter of 13 July, I must firstly inform you that the manner in which you referred to Agfa can only be described as impertinent. However, while making allowances for your inexperience in business affairs, I would merely like to point out that you are leasthardly entitled to make any thoughtless remarks about the wisdomxx of German businessmen. Your letter is a prime the bestexample of someone who is not business -minded. After all, it is you who want Agfa to do something for you and, it’s not the other way around. By using the expressionsterminology you did, towardwith respect to a company whicho has tried its best to assist you in overcoming your financial difficulties, you have destroyed any possibilitychances of future assistance. I am, therefore, unable to deliver the desired 2000 ft of film unless you or somebody else pays for them in cash. The developed films that are stored with Agfa Foto Service do not serve as a sufficient security. Although they can definitely be described as good amateur films, they have not been confirmedyet been deemed as being suitable for use as athe basisplatform forof a standard sound film. ThisIt is due to this uncertainty means insecurity that Agfa is unable to considercannot go into youryour promotional offer yet. A suitableThe time for such discussionsnegotiations wouldwould be ripe, oncewhen you have conductedreached the stage of final negotiations with a film company with respect toto producinge athe standard sound film, and decisions have been made regarding where and how often the film is to be shown. Agfa cannot accept anyone risk until then and, is rather leaving it allthis matter to be dealt with by you. In regard to the invoice from Penang, please be informednote that the invoice was meant specifically meant for the customs authoritiesy, i.e. the price it containedindicated was not identical with the actual price of sale price. Yours faithfully Signature

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