Telegraph Register

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Description (Brief)
This telegraph register includes a reel for the paper tape. Not a commercial product, personnel at Trenton State may have made this object for use in the laboratory. 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
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
brass (overall material)
copper (overall material)
overall: 7 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in x 17 1/4 in; 19.05 cm x 13.97 cm x 43.815 cm
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accession number
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Credit Line
from Trenton State University, thru Judson J. Fink
Communication, telegraph
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Telegraph Registers
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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