Telegraph Register

Description (Brief):

The handle on top of this telegraph register appears to have been an adaptation by the users at Oberlin College rather than something that came with the device. The register was made by Knox & Shain, a noted Philadelphia maker of telegraph equipment.

Description (Brief)

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: Knox & Shain

Location: Currently not on view

Web Subject: Communication, telegraph

Subject:

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

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Credit Line: from Oberlin College, Dept. of Physics, thru David L. Anderson

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: EM.324273Catalog Number: 324273Accession Number: 253039

Object Name: telegraph receivertelegraph register

Physical Description: wood (overall material)brass (overall material)copper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 9 in x 6 in x 13 in; 22.86 cm x 15.24 cm x 33.02 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-41ae-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_706645

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