Cooke and Wheatstone's five-needle telegraph, 1837.

Image number: 10305256

Cooke and Wheatstone's five-needle telegraph, 1837.

The five-needle telegraph was the first successful electric telecommunication device and was patented by Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875) and William Cooke (1806-1879). It first saw service on the newly-developing railways, and by 1838 the telegraph was sending public telegrams as well as Great Western Railway messages between London and West Drayton, a village 21km (13 miles) to the west.

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10305256
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
12 January 2004 19:52
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