Semi-automatic Telegraph Key

Description (Brief)
Telegraph keys are electrical on-off switches used to send messages in Morse code. A semi-automatic telegraph key like this one allows an operator to send land-line and wireless (radio) telegraph messages at a much faster rate than with an ordinary key. The key automatically produces rapid morse code dots by using a weighted pendulum or springs to quickly make and break contact in the electrical circuit. The operator still makes the dashes manually.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bug
semi-automatic key
sending key
telegraph key
maker
Western Union Corporation
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 2 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in x 6 1/2 in; 6.35 cm x 6.35 cm x 16.51 cm
ID Number
EM*331684
accession number
294351
collector/donor number
100-058
catalog number
331684
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Communications
Telegraph Keys
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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