Telegraph Register

Description (Brief):

This telegraph register was made in Paris by Maison Rousseau, 44 Rue des Ecoles, and used in Japan. The paper tape travels along the side of the brass housing while the drive mechanism is set within. The electromagnets are set between the housing and the electrical connecting posts. 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.

Maker: Rousseau, Maison

Location: Currently not on view

Web Subject: Communication, telegraph


See more items in: Work and Industry: Electricity, Telegraph Registers, Communications


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: fom Department of Interior, Bureau of Education

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: EM.261268Catalog Number: 261268Accession Number: 51116

Object Name: telegraph receivertelegraph register

Physical Description: wood (overall material)paper (overall material)brass (overall material)steel (overall material)Measurements: overall: 10 in x 4 1/2 in x 9 1/2 in; 25.4 cm x 11.43 cm x 24.13 cm


Record Id: nmah_706514

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