Semi-automatic Telegraph Key

Description (Brief)
This semi-automatic telegraph key was designed by William G. Fluharty around 1915. Fluharty worked for Western Union whose operators were prime users for these semi-automatic keys.
Telegraph keys are electrical on-off switches used to send messages in Morse code. A semi-automatic telegraph key allows an operator to send messages at a much faster rate than with an ordinary key. The key automatically produces rapid morse code dots by using a spring or weighted pendulum 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
telegraph key
date made
ca 1915
maker
Fluharty, William G.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
cloth (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 5 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in x 8 3/4 in; 13.97 cm x 8.89 cm x 22.225 cm
ID Number
EM*331749
accession number
294351
catalog number
331749
collector/donor number
72-06
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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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