Thursday, May 2, 2013

Telegram Operator



Today's picture shows a woman operating a telegram machine. I am curious at what point Telegrams stopped being sent by morse code with telegraph keys, and started being sent by teletype stations with typewriter keyboards. This picture was taken in 1923, so we can see that at this point keyboards were in use.

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  1. Yet in the 50's, small town Alberta, the telegraph was a part of the rail, but so was steam. I recall both, from the 50's.

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  2. She looks rather tired to me.

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  3. Yes, she does look tired, this must have been at the end of the day. Or maybe she was fed up with the photographer.

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  4. She is using an early electric crypto machine.

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  5. The current (?) issue of Smithsonian Magazine has an article (available online, free) with lots of speculation about how the QWERTY arrangement came to be. One suggestion was to accomodate telegraphers, placing often-mistaken-for-each-other dot codes (no dashes in code until radio telegraphy) next to each other. Though how that was supposed to help...

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