Stroh's type-printer for Wheatstone ABC communicator, 1870-1881

Made:
1870-1881 in London

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Stroh's type-printer for Wheatstone ABC communicator, designed by J A M Stroh, made by the British Telegraph Manufactory, London, England, 1870-1881

Stroh's type-printer for Wheatstone ABC communicator, designed by J A M Stroh, made by the British Telegraph Manufactory, London, 1870-1881.

As designed, Wheatstone's ABC telegraph had the disadvantage that no printed record was made of messages received, the operator having to write them down during transmission. Augustus Stroh (1828-1914) was a skilled instrument maker. Born in Frankfurt, he came to Britain in 1851 and worked for Charles Wheatstone as chief engineer of the British Telegraph Manufactory (run by Wheatstone's brother-in-law). Stroh designed this printer for the ABC telegraph but it is not known how widely it was used.

Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
1953-94
Materials:
copper (alloy) and wood (unidentified)
Measurements:
closed: 325 mm x 307 mm x 285 mm, 7.81 kg
open: 360 mm x 307 mm x 285 mm, 7.81 kg
type:
telegraph peripheral
taxonomy:
  • component - object
  • telegraph instrument
credit:
Donated by the Institution of Electrical Engineers