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
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
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accession number
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Credit Line
from Western Union Corporation
Communication, telegraph
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Telegraph Registers
Data Source
National Museum of American History