Semi-automatic Telegraph Key

Description (Brief)
Telegraph keys are electrical on-off switches used to send messages in Morse code. The Mecograph Company created a right-angle semi-automatic telegraph key around 1906. They competed with Horace Martin's Vibroplex Company until Martin purchased Mecograph in 1914. the design is also referred to as a "side-swiper." A semi-automatic key repeated the Morse code dots rapidly, much like holding down a key on a keyboard for repeated letters. The operator still keyed the dashes but could work much faster.
Location
Currently not on view
maker
Mecograph Company
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 2 3/4 in x 4 in x 5 7/8 in; 6.985 cm x 10.16 cm x 14.9225 cm
ID Number
EM.332297
accession number
294351
collector/donor number
72-01
catalog number
332297
Credit Line
from Western Union Corporation
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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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