David Edward Hughes.

David Edward Hughes.

Images of Hughes' printing telegraph from his patent 14,917 for "Telegraph" patented May 20, 1856.
Images of Hughes' printing telegraph from his patent 14,917 for "Telegraph" patented May 20, 1856.
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David Edward Hughes Invents a Mechanism for Printing Telegraph Messages

1855
<p>The Hughes telegraph, the first telegraph printing text on a paper tape; this one was manufactureed by Siemens and Halske, Germany (Warsaw Muzeum Techniki).</p>

The Hughes telegraph, the first telegraph printing text on a paper tape; this one was manufactureed by Siemens and Halske, Germany (Warsaw Muzeum Techniki).

In London in 1854 David Edward Hughes invented the first perfected mechanism for printing telegraph messages, using a keyboard in which each key caused the corresponding letter to be printed at a distant receiver. Hughes's printing mechanism worked something like a "golfball" typewriter, but it was produced before the typewriter was invented.

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