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Maker:
Western Union Corporation  Search this
Physical Description:
metal (part: material)
glass (part: material)
wood (part: material)
Measurements:
overall: 5 1/2 in x 5 in; 13.97 cm x 12.7 cm
Object Name:
Wheatstone relay
relay
telegraph relay
Description:
Telegraph relays amplify an electrical signal in a telegraph line. Telegraph messages travel as a series of electrical pulses through a wire from a transmitter to a receiver. The pulses fade in strength as they travel through the wire, limiting the distance a message can be sent. Relays remedy that problem by detecting a weak signal and automatically re-transmitting that signal down the line using a local power source.
Location:
Currently not on view
Credit Line:
from Western Union Corporation
ID Number:
EM.331813
Model number:
1-B
Collector/donor number:
15-12
Catalog number:
331813
Accession number:
294351
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Communications
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a7-2559-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_891020