Murray keyboard perforator, 1914-1916

Made:
1914-1916 in Camden
maker:
Reid Brothers, Engineers, Limited
Murray keyboard perforator model No. 5-PM. Murray keyboard perforator model No. 5-PM.

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Murray keyboard perforator model No. 5-PM.
Science Museum Group Collection
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Murray keyboard perforator model No. 5-PM.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Murray keyboard perforator model No. 5-PM, made by Reid Brothers, Engineers, Limited, Camden, London, England, 1914-1916.

Donald Murray of New Zealand (1865-1945) modified the Baudot multiplex system by introducing a keyboard perforator which encoded each letter in a five-unit code. In the Baudot system each of several keyboards was connected direct to line, meaning that the operators had to maintain a strict rhythym to keep in step with each other, causing mental strain. The paper tape output of the Murray keyboard was instead fed to a transmitter unit via a loop which provided slack in the tape so that each operator could maintain his own rhythm without affecting the others. As well as relieving the stress, higher keying speeds of from 30 to 45 words per minute were possible.

Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
1976-366 Pt1
Materials:
glass, metal (unknown), paint, plastic (unidentified) and wood (unidentified)
type:
telegraph peripheral
taxonomy:
  • component - object
  • telegraph instrument
credit:
Donated by the Liverpool Post and Daily Echo Limited