Western Union Resonator Hood, Telegraph Sounder, Swing Arm, Pa Can
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Western Union Resonator Hood, Telegraph Sounder, Swing Arm, Pa Can:
This sale consists of a Resonator Hood, Model 15-B 150-Ohm Mainline Sounder, Adjustable Swing Arm to hold the resonator/sounder, and a Prince Albert Can (for "tuning" the sounder). The sounder has no manufacturer markings on the instrument, a brass label on the resonator hood states "W.U. TEL.CO.", "Resonator Hood", "Mfg by Algoma Panel Co". Wood base of sounder is stamped "Mainline Sounder 15-B 150 Ohms".Known Defects: The only defect I see is what appears to be a wood filler repair to the upper left on hood.The sounder operates fine.Adjustable arm shows manufactured by O.C. White, Worcester, Mass., with patent date of 1911. It is complete with mounting base, three arm segments, and base for the sounder hood.
The arm segments measure 9", 8", and 7", giving a total length of 24" extension from mounting base to hood. The cast arm appears to have the original gray paint. It is complete with no detected defects.Cord shown with the sounder in photos is included. It is cloth-covered, terminating in an RCA plug. We used to run telegraph demonstrations at an old Santa Fe depot with this unit so cord may come in handy for you.Prince Albert Tobacco can* has a price stamp of 21 cents, so dates back a few years. Some telegraphers would press a Tobacco can, usually a PA, into the resonator to create a distinctive "note" for better copy, especially in a room with several sounders clacking away.Will ship to US address only, via USPS Priority Mail for $16.85.*The PA can has a bit of historical background. It was placed into the resonator hood in 1996 and "tuned" by Aubrey Keel (amateur call sign W0AKL(SK), a vanity call as his old Morse sine was "KL"). He was a retired Associated Press telegrapher, president of the KS Chapter of Morse Telegraph Club, and "the oldest surviving AP telegrapher". In 1998, at a spry age of 97, Aubrey was invited to participate in the AP 150th anniversary celebration by the Associated Press in Washington, DC, during which he demonstrated American Morse to then Vice-President Al Gore (as far as we know, Mr. Gore did not claim to have invented telegraphy). Note that Aubrey did not use this sounder in that demonstration. Info is given only as interesting background.