Welcome to the First Edition of
Franklin L. Pope's
GALLERY OF THE TELEGRAPH
Hello. My name is Franklin Pope. I was an important figure in the history of the telegraph in the latter half of the 19th century. My career spanned over 30 years from the 1860s through 1890s. I was a leader in the Russian-American expedition immediately after the war. The goal of this expedition was to establish telegraphic communications between the United States and Europe via Russia. My book "Modern Practice of the Electric Telegraph" became a standard reference for telegraph engineers and operators. I worked with Thomas Edison on numerous inventions, and established the Pope and Edison Company which manufactured telegraph instruments. I was a consultant to Western Union on telegraphic instrument design. Later I resigned this position to work full time as a patent attorney and consultant to inventors of telegraphic instruments. One of my big clients was J.H. Bunnell.
Since my specialty was the design of telegraphic instruments, I would like to take you on a tour of some early Morse equipment. The gallery is organized into six halls. Enjoy the tour, and come back soon. I will be adding more pieces to the gallery when they become available.
Franklin L. Pope
July 27, 1895
A Morse Signal Key from Pope's "Modern Practice of the Electric Telegraph"
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