Stock Ticker

Description (Brief):

Until the decade of the 1990s, when traders adopted the Internet, tickers provided vital stock market information to businesses and news organizations. Stock tickers were a special type of telegraph receiver designed to print an alphabetical company symbol and the current price of that company’s stock on a paper roll called ticker tape. Thomas Edison made his early reputation as an inventor by designing an improved stock ticker for the Gold & Stock Telegraph Company. The company submitted this ticker to the U.S. Patent Office during the process leading to the issue of patent number 140,488 in 1873 .

Date Made: 1873

Maker: Edison, Thomas Alva

Location: Currently not on view (ticker tape)

General Subject Association: TelegraphStock MarketsPatent Models


See more items in: Work and Industry: Electricity, Communications, American Enterprise

Exhibition: American Enterprise

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Related Publication: Sewer, Andy; Allison, David; Liebhold, Peter; Davis, Nancy; Franz, Kathleen G.. American Enterprise: A History of Business in America

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: EM.252616Catalog Number: 252616Patent Number: 140488Accession Number: 49064

Object Name: telegraph ticker receiverstock tickertelegraph printerprinting telegraphtelegraph tickertickerObject Type: Patent ModelOther Terms: telegraph ticker receiver; Telegraphy; printer

Physical Description: iron (overall material)brass (overall material)glass (overall material)paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 16 1/2 in x 15 1/2 in x 14 in x 15 in; 41.91 cm x 39.37 cm x 35.56 cm x 38.1 cm


Record Id: nmah_703474

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