Telegraph Register

Description (Brief)
L. G. Tillotson and Company of New York made this telegraph register about the time of the U. S. Civil War. It is stamped with serial number 1479. 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.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1865
maker
L. G. Tillotson & Co.
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
copper (overall material)
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 6 3/4 in x 12 in x 4 7/8 in; 17.145 cm x 30.48 cm x 12.3825 cm
ID Number
EM.331692
collector/donor number
01-100
accession number
294351
catalog number
331692
Credit Line
from Western Union Corporation
subject
Communication, telegraph
See more items in
Work and Industry: Electricity
Communications
Telegraph Registers
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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