Telegraph Register

Description (Brief)
This register is the only one in the collection from Hive Manufacturing Company and bears a 1924 inspection stamp from N.Y.R.S., Western Union's New York Repair Shop.
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
Object Name
telegraph receiver
telegraph register
date made
ca 1920
Hive Manufacturing Company
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
overall: 6 1/2 in x 13 1/4 in x 5 3/4 in; 16.51 cm x 33.655 cm x 14.605 cm
ID Number
accession number
collector/donor number
catalog number
Telegraph Registers
Communication, telegraph
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Telegraph Registers
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
from Western Union Corporation

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