Vintage Wood Box Telegraph Teaching Machine 1920s? Sendograph La Salle Chicago
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Vintage Wood Box Telegraph Teaching Machine 1920s? Sendograph La Salle Chicago:
It took some searching on the internet before I had a clue as to the purpose of this device, but after running into a very helpful article on the Railway Preservation News I pieced enough together so that I could at least use the right words to list it. With thanks and in paraphrase from the New Jersey Midland RR Historical Society and Wikipedia I found the following information. LaSalle Extension University was established in 1908 to help low-income, minorities and women obtain training through home courses so that they could find jobs in the workplace that had previously been unavailable due to their lack of education. The museum of the NJ Midland RR Historical Society was given an "apparently complete course kit, consisting of the course manual ..., a Sendograph ticker tape player with an array of paper tickertape reels, keys and sounders." The course book addresses "... the standard railroad and commercial telegraphy practices current with its 1927 publication date. The Sendograph apparently played back key transmissions for the student to practice hearing and transcribing." In looking at the other similar equipment I was then able to access on , I found that the Teleplex Code Key Sending Machine seems to be a match in terms of manufacture. Since LaSalle was not a producer of equipment I am assuming they bought machines from Teleplex and used their school label to issue these with the correspondence course. Now that we think we know what it is, I can describe condition and you can view pics enlarged to see if it might be of use to you as either parts or a restoration project. Currently NOT WORKING, NOT COMPLETE, PARTS REPAIR only. This is a crank operated machine that is NOT ELECTRIC/AC, and the CRANK is MISSING. Other than that, what I can see seems to be in undamaged shape except for the passage of nearly 100 years in someone's attic. Wood box case and piano hinge, leather covered handle and fasteners all working, some rust to plain metal but reel ends and speed control/essential pieces appear OK. The top appears to be a sheet of brown Bakelite and the apparatus is underneath. There is no damage to plate, no cracks or chips. There were no paper reels but I have noticed some for sale on the internet. Box is 11" x 8" x 7". My other current sales (several shown in last 2 pics) can be viewed as listed by clicking "see other items" or "radcliffestreet", and be sure to check shipping options for bestway to your zip. Email with any questions and Thanks For Looking!