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Telegraph operator

Telegraph operator

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Caption

Telegraph operator using a pair of scissors to cut the print-out for a telegram. Electrical wire telegraphy was developed in the 1830s, and was still used into the early years of the 20th century, developing to incorporate new technologies. By 1906, printing telegraphs had been invented, allowing telegrams to be printed automatically, rather than written down or typed by the operator. During the 20th century, automated electronic communications, such as computer systems, took over from electrical wire telegraphy. Photographed circa 1908.

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