EARLY TELEGRAPH DAGUERREOTYPES
FROM THE MARK KOENIGSBERG COLLECTION

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These daguerreotypes may be the very earliest actual images of telegraphers and telegraph instruments ever recorded.

The following daguerreotypes are copyright (c) 1998 Mark Koenigsberg
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The first daguerreotype shows a very early Morse register that was made around 1850. A pointed stylus activated by an electromagnet made impressions of dots and dashes on a paper tape. The paper tape was moved by a weight-driven motor. The large weight can be seen hanging under the table.

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The second daguerreotype shows several telegraph instruments that were made slightly later than the one shown in the first illustration.
The instrument on the left is a Morse register which made impressions of dots and dashes on the paper tape using a pointed stylus. The instrument on the right is a relay from the same period.
A telegraph key may be visible on the far left.

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I would like to express my thanks to Mark Koenigsberg for allowing me to display images of his wonderful daguerreotypes in my museum.
... Tom Perera

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Professor Tom Perera
Montclair State University

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