Telegraph Register

Description (Brief)
This telegraph register may have been used in a fire alarm system. When a person activated a call box to report a fire, registers of this type would receive the signal and record which box had been activated. Telegraph registers are electrically-activated printers that receive Morse code messages. The message travels as a series of electrical pulses through a wire. The pulses energize the register’s electromagnets which move a lever-arm holding a pen or stylus. A clockwork mechanism pulls a strip of paper across the pen or stylus, recording the message. Short pulses draw or emboss a dot, slightly longer pulses a dash. The sequence of dots and dashes represent letters and numbers.
Location
Currently not on view
maker
Foote, Pierson & Co.
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
glass (overall material)
wood (overall material)
paper (overall material)
iron (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 9 in x 5 in x 10 1/2 in; 22.86 cm x 12.7 cm x 26.67 cm
ID Number
EM.322108
catalog number
322108
accession number
244197
Credit Line
from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, thru John A. Tucker
subject
Communication, telegraph
See more items in
Work and Industry: Electricity
Communications
Telegraph Registers
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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