Telegraph Register

Description (Brief)
L. G. Tillotson and Company of New York made this telegraph register in 1851. It used a weight-driven tape drive. 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
Object Name
telegraph receiver
telegraph register
date made
1850
maker
L. G. Tillotson & Co.
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
copper (overall material)
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 7 1/4 in x 15 1/4 in x 10 1/4 in; 18.415 cm x 38.735 cm x 26.035 cm
ID Number
EM*331680
accession number
294351
catalog number
331680
collector/donor number
01-200
subject
Communication, telegraph
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Communications
Telegraph Registers
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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