Receiver-only teleprinter, 1960-1984

Made:
1960-1984 in London and Japan
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Sigma 1600 receiver-only teleprinter
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Sigma 1600 receiver-only teleprinter
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Sigma 1600 receiver-only teleprinter
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Sigma 1600 receiver-only teleprinter, used to demonstrate news gathering techniques, made by its-Japan Company Limited, Japan,1960-1984. With motorised paper reel and tray. Associated with Reuters, a new service provider who provided news service to the museum for free using this machine whilst on display. It was connected to the Reuters News Agency by a landline.

Sigma 1600 receiver-only teleprinter, used to demonstrate news gathering techniques, made by its-Japan Company Limited, Japan,1960-1984. With motorised paper reel and tray. Associated with Reuters, a new service provider who provided news service to the museum for free using this machine whilst on display. It was connected to the Reuters News Agency by a landline.

Before the advent of the internet, Reuters and other news agencies used successive generations of telegraph receiver-printers to allow their customers to read their news reports. This printer is typical of those used during the 1980s and 1990s. It was a 'dot matrix' printer, meaning that characters were printed using tiny needles arranged in a vertical column. Codes were used to differentiate between different categories of news story, e.g. S for sport, X for special events, and O for all other international news. This particular example was formerly on show in the Museum's Printing gallery and received Reuter's international news service (UK version).

Details

Category:
Printing & Writing
Object Number:
1984-1596
Materials:
plastic (unidentified), paper (fibre product), electronic components and metal (unknown)
Measurements:
overall: 340 mm x 420 mm x 550 mm, 19.94 kg
type:
teleprinter
credit:
Donated by Reuters Limited

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Receiver-only teleprinter, 1960-1984

Receiver-only teleprinter, 1960-1984

Sigma 1600 receiver-only teleprinter, used to demonstrate news gathering techniques, made by its-Japan Company Limited, Japan,1960-1984. Associated with Reuters, a new service provider who provided news service to the museum for free using this machine whilst on display. It was connected to the Reuters News Agency by a landline.


Sigma 1600 receiver-only teleprinter, used to demonstrate news gathering techniques, made by its-Japan Company Limited, Japan,1960-1984. Associated with Reuters, a new service provider who provided news service to the museum for free using this machine whilst on display. It was connected to the Reuters News Agency by a landline.

Before the advent of the internet, Reuters and other news agencies used successive generations of telegraph receiver-printers to allow their customers to read their news reports. This printer is typical of those used during the 1980s and 1990s. It was a 'dot matrix' printer, meaning that characters were printed using tiny needles arranged in a vertical column. Codes were used to differentiate between different categories of news story, e.g. S for sport, X for special events, and O for all other international news. This particular example was formerly on show in the Museum's Printing gallery and received Reuter's international news service (UK version).

Measurements:
overall: 340 mm x 420 mm x 550 mm, 19.94 kg
Materials:
plastic (unidentified) , paper (fibre product) , electronic components and metal (unknown)
Object Number:
1984-1596/1
type:
teleprinter
Paper reel and tray for receiver-only teleprinter, 1960-1984

Paper reel and tray for receiver-only teleprinter, 1960-1984

Motorized paper reel and tray for Sigma 1600 receiver-only teleprinter, used to demonstrate news gathering techniques, made by its-Japan Company Limited, Japan,1960-1984. Associated with Reuters, a new service provider who provided news service to the museum for free using this machine whilst on display. It was connected to the Reuters News Agency by a landline.