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Self-Winding Stock Ticker

Self-Winding Stock Ticker
Title
Self-Winding Stock Ticker
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
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.
Credit Line 
Gift of the Western Union Telegraph Co.
Object Number 
1961.41ab
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/ 1961." engraved: on the ticker mechanism: "M'F'D BY/ T.A. EDISON, INC./ 10617"
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group