President Gets Telegraph Key (Jul, 1939)

I was not aware that F.D.R gave many speeches via telegraph. I must say his fireside chats would have lost something if they were entirely composed of dots and dashes.

President Gets Telegraph Key
A new official telegraph key for the White House, for use when Presidents officiate by proxy at distant ceremonies, has been presented to President Roosevelt by Western Union.

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  1. John Barrows says: September 1, 20089:59 am

    The key was used for ceremonial openings… two particular events were the Grand Coulee and Fort Peck Dams. He didn’t actually send messages, but used it to send a signal signifying the opening.

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