Rarer than the rarest surviving telegraph artifact are photographs of telegraph instruments in use. Click on the images for a closer look (back button to return).

Northern Pacific Railway telegraph office at Fargo North Dakota, 1907.
Telegraphers sending press back to their home newspapers at speech by President Roosevelt in October 1936.
Paul English working as a train dispatcher for the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad in Ocala, Florida 1945.
Telegraph office from the movie "Union Pacific". Note locomotive headlight in the background. Also note mainline battery on the table behind the operator.
Chama New Mexico depot and telegraph office in 1923. This office was on the Denver and Rio Grande Western narrow gauge (3 foot) line, and the depot and steam powered railroad still exist today.
A closer view of the telegraph operators desk. A resonator, 2 sounders, and 2 relays can be seen by the careful observer.
American Telephone and Telegraph installation in the Bourse Building, downtown Philadelphia Pennsylvania, circa 1921.
AT&T Long Lines Department Philadelphia No. 2 office August 21, 1943. Morse telegraph is being used to coordinate the cutover of long distance toll circuits from a manual switchboard to the world's first four-wire crossbar toll switching machine. This machine automated the routing of long-distance telephone circuits between Philadelphia and the northeastern US.
Hagerstown Maryland yard office of the Western Maryland railroad. Several swing-arm resonators can be seen. Three 17-A mainline sounders are clearly visible on the top shelf near the window. Note that three forms of electrical communication are in use here- telegraph, teletype, and telegraph. This had to be a noisy place !
Agent's office on the Southern Pacific narrow gauge railroad at Owenyo California in 1954. On the operator's desk can be seen a rare Vibroplex Upright semi-automatic key. This is perhaps the only photo of one of these rare keys in its indigenous environment.

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