Cooke and Wheatstone's five-needle telegraph, 1837.

 
Cooke and Wheatstone's five-needle telegraph, 1837.
4 0 c m
 
29cm
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm

Description

The five-needle telegraph was the first succesful electric telecommunication device and was patented by Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875) and William Cooke (1806-1879). It first saw service on the newly-developing railways, and by 1838 the telegraph was sending public telegrams as well as Great Western Railway mesages between London and West Drayton, a village 21km (13 miles) to the west.

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10305256

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