Telegraph Register

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Description (Brief)
L. G. Tillotson and Company of New York made this telegraph register about the time of the U. S. Civil War. It used a weight-driven mechanism to advance the paper tape. 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.
Currently not on view
L. G. Tillotson & Co.
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
brass (overall material)
copper (overall material)
overall: 6 1/2 in x 6 1/2 in x 11 1/2 in; 16.51 cm x 16.51 cm x 29.21 cm
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Credit Line
from G. Raymond Hudson
Communication, telegraph
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Telegraph Registers
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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