Western Union Telegraph Ticker Receiver

This Western Union Telegraph Company stock ticker was produced during the early 20th century. The ticker received stock information via a telegraph line and printed out a company’s abbreviated name and stock price on the spool of paper tape. After the Civil War, the volume of stocks traded rose sharply with American corporations’ need for investment capital. The 1867 invention of the stock ticker, transmitting up-to-the-minute share prices over telegraph lines, helped modernize the stock exchange.
Object Name
stock ticker
telegraph receiver
Physical Description
glass (cover material)
steel (parts material)
paper (recording tape material)
copper (wires material)
wood (base material)
ticker only: 9 in x 8 5/8 in; 22.86 cm x 21.9075 cm
overall: 13 in x 10 in; 33.02 cm x 25.4 cm
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accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
Computers & Business Machines
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
from Western Union Corporation
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