Morse tape recorder with tape drum, late 19th century.

Morse tape recorder with tape drum, late 19th century.
3 3 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm

Description

Samuel Morse (1791-1872) was an American artist and inventor, who in 1832 conceived the idea of the magnetic telegraph. He later exhibited his idea to Congres and was awarded $30,000 to build an experimental telegraph line between Washington and Baltimore in the United States. He sent the first telegraphic mesage in 1844. He also evolved a code for use with his telegraph, using a dot and dash system to represent the letters in the English alphabet and the ten digits, which became known as Morse code and was widely adopted. Back view.

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