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Wheatstone typewriter, 1851.

Wheatstone typewriter, 1851.
3 5 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 27cm


First design for the rapid printing of telegams. Sir Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875), was the English physicist who pioneered electric telegraphy, and who with Sir William Fothergill Cooke (1806-1879) produced the first electric telegraph machine. He designed the ABC telegraph, a system used by the Post Office for several years. The ABC telegraph system was also adopted in Belgium and France.

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