Perforator and stand for Wheatstone automatic telegraph system, c 1900.
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Hand perforator and copy stand for Wheatstone automatic telegraph system. In the 1850s and 1860s Sir Charles Wheatstone developed systems for the automatic transmission of telegraph messages. These systems used punched paper tape which was prepared in advance using this manual puncher. The operator, reading the message from the copy stand, used small hammers to press the buttons which punched Morse code into the tape.