Self-Winding Stock Ticker

Object Number: 
1961.41ab
Date: 
1923
Medium: 
Metal, glass, paper, wood
Dimensions: 
Overall (stock ticker): 14 1/4 x 9 1/4 in. (36.2 x 23.5 cm) Part (stand): 42 1/2 x 18 1/4 x 18 1/4 in. (108 x 46.4 x 46
Marks: 
painted: on the iron pedestal, twice: "QUOTATIONS FURNISHED BY THE/ WESTERN UNION TELEGRAPH CO./ APPLY TO LOCAL MANAGER" in gold letters engraved: on the brass plaque: "PRESENTED BY/ THE WESTERN UNION TELEGRAPH CO./ TO/ THE NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY/ 1
Description: 
Brass and metal Self-Winding Stock Ticker on a circular, cast iron pedestal and under a glass dome; pedestal painted black and inscribed, "QUOTATIONS FURNISHED BY THE/ WESTERN UNION TELEGRAPH CO./ APPLY TO LOCAL MANAGER" in gold letters twice. Square, wooden column stand with a stepped, chamfered square base and top; door in the front of the stand with a metal pull handle opens to electrical wiring inside; two holes drilled through the top; rectangular brass plaque screwed to the top.
Gallery Label: 
This self-winding stock ticker was invented in 1923 by Western Union engineers. For many years, it was used for receiving stock and commodity quotations from the nation's leading exchanges. These tickers were replaced by Western Union's high speed ticker, which could record five hundred characters per minute.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Western Union Telegraph Co.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group