THE ERA OF MORSE TELEGRAPHY- INTRODUCTION

This is a very special addition to "Telegraph Lore".

"The Era of Morse Telegraphy" originally appeared as a three-part series of articles in "Dots and Dashes" in 1985. "Dots and Dashes" is the official publication of the Morse Telegraph Club.

The series is a true trip back in time which describes the life and times of the Morse telegrapher- an occupation which was vitally important in the first phase of electrical communication technology.

I wish to thank the author for his permission to publish the series in web format. This is by far the most historically significant addition to Telegraph Lore, and I hope that the interested reader will appreciate the author's intent to document the history of the Morse telegraph and its importance to society during its heyday in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The original three-part format was retained. Some images are clickable for a closer look. Enjoy !

THE ERA OF MORSE TELEGRAPHY PART 1
THE ERA OF MORSE TELEGRAPHY PART 2
THE ERA OF MORSE TELEGRAPHY PART 3

The instrument in the triangular shaped box is a Morse sounder, or receiving instrument, with its traditional tobacco can behind it to change its tone from adjacent instruments. A conventional sending key is directly below it at the right. The high speed sending key, known as a "BUG" is operated with one hand, while the other hand can be simultaneously used to write operators initials and time sent on telegrams without stopping to do so. Operators averaged sixty messages an hour on heavy load wires. The figure at the right is Arthur W. Grumbine, the author and formerly "BRASS POUNDER" 1917 through 1943.

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