Telegraph Register

Description (Brief)
Made by George H. Bliss and Company of Chicago, this telegraph register shows the typical design in use at the time of the U. S. Civil War. 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
Object Name
telegraph receiver
telegraph register
date made
ca 1865
maker
George H. Bliss & Co.
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
copper (overall material)
brass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 7 in x 4 1/2 in x 11 3/4 in; 17.78 cm x 11.43 cm x 29.845 cm
ID Number
EM*318494
catalog number
318494
accession number
235070
subject
Communication, telegraph
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Communications
Telegraph Registers
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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