Hughes's printing telegraph, 1850s

Hughes's printing telegraph, 1850s

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Credit: SHEILA TERRY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Hughes's printing telegraph, historical artwork. This device was invented in 1855 by the British physicist David Edward Hughes (1831-1900). It was the first telegraph to print text at both the sending and receiving end. This meant that there was no longer a need for codes such as Morse code. The apparatus was powered by a weight (black, lower centre), although later models were powered by electricity. Illustration taken from Physique Populaire (1891), by E Desbeaux.

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Keywords: 1800s, 1855, 19th century, artwork, communications, desbeaux, device, equipment, historical, history, hughes' printing telegraph, keyboard, machine, mechanical, physical, physics, physique populaire, printer, telecommunications, telegraph

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