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Bunnell box telegraph relay with key

Bunnell box telegraph relay with key

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Description
Telegraph relays amplify an electrical signal in a telegraph line. Telegraph messages travel as a series of electrical pulses through a wire from a transmitter to a receiver. The pulses fade in strength as they travel through the wire, limiting the distance a message can be sent. Relays remedy that problem by detecting a weak signal and automatically re-transmitting that signal down the line using a local power source.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
box relay
relay
telegraph relay
telegraph combination device
Maker
Western Union Corporation
maker
J. H. Bunnell & Co.
Measurements
overall: 5 in x 11 3/4 in x 4 1/4 in; 12.7 cm x 29.845 cm x 10.795 cm
ID Number
EM.331767
collector/donor number
05-11
catalog number
331767
accession number
294351
Credit Line
from Western Union Corporation
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