London, South Kensington
31 May 2006
An early French teleprinter
No. 1107, with paper aperture at the top, metal sides and moulded metal base, glazed back, front and sloped top all in bevelled glass, centre bar engraved Wright et Nigron - inventures, Cie. Gle. D'Electricite Atelier Voltaire Cr., Agence Havas 13, Place de la Bourse and a later repeated label on the base, visible mechanism with twin coil movement bars, typing reel on vertical prop-shaft and electrical connections on underside -16in. (40.5cm) high
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Connected to the telephone line and a power source, these early machines were installed in press offices where information would be sent in a hurry. Most of these machines were used to transmit sports results.
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