Telegraph Register

Description (Brief):

This telegraph register from the World War I era, called a punch register, proved very robust in operation. The paper tape moved from a reel (missing) mounted on the long arms, passed over the shorter guide arm and ran in front of the electromagnet coils. The coils punched holes in the tape. 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.

Date Made: ca 1917

Maker: Kleinschmidt Co.

Location: Currently not on view

Web Subject: Communication, telegraph


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


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: from Western Union Corporation

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: EM.332068Accession Number: 294351Collector/Donor Number: 37-02Catalog Number: 332068

Object Name: telegraph receivertelegraph register

Physical Description: metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 8 1/4 in x 8 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in; 20.955 cm x 21.59 cm x 3.81 cm


Record Id: nmah_891199

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