Stock Ticker

Description (Brief)
Until the decade of the 1990s, when traders adopted the Internet, tickers provided vital stock market information to businesses and news organizations. Stock tickers were a special type of telegraph receiver designed to print an alphabetical company symbol and the current price of that company’s stock on a paper roll called ticker tape. Thomas Edison made his early reputation as an inventor by designing an improved stock ticker for the Gold & Stock Telegraph Company. The company submitted this ticker to the U.S. Patent Office during the process leading to the issue of patent number 140,488 in 1873 .
Object Name
telegraph ticker receiver
stock ticker
telegraph printer
printing telegraph
telegraph ticker
date made
Edison, Thomas Alva
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
brass (overall material)
glass (overall material)
paper (overall material)
overall: 16 1/2 in x 15 1/2 in x 14 in x 15 in; 41.91 cm x 39.37 cm x 35.56 cm x 38.1 cm
ID Number
catalog number
patent number
accession number
American Enterprise
Stock Markets
Patent Models
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Work and Industry: Electricity
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Sewer, Andy; Allison, David; Liebhold, Peter; Davis, Nancy; Franz, Kathleen G.. American Enterprise: A History of Business in America
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