Public Teletypes In Service (Dec, 1937)

Public Teletypes In Service
TELETYPE apparatus for public use is the latest means of communication in Germany. Dial devices, like those used on telephones, enable individuals to establish their own connections through eleven central offices now in operation throughout the country. The teletype machines are housed in compact lockable cabinets of sturdy wooden construction.

10 comments
  1. Emperor MAR says: March 10, 20109:04 am

    Teletype, the great forgotten technology.

  2. jayessell says: March 10, 201010:27 am

    Were they in Teletype Cafes?

    Germany…. 1937…. Please read Bulletin 1147.

  3. Casandro says: March 10, 201010:46 am

    Actually the German teletype network was only turned off a few years ago.

  4. KD5ZS says: March 10, 201011:09 am

    We are using a modern version of a teletype now. (Instead of baudot we use a more elaborate standard.) Telegraphy was the first digital signal transmission developed.

  5. Casandro says: March 10, 201011:52 am

    Well I would argue that there were many systems earlier. Like the system with the towers with the weired arms where each position encoded a letter. Or morse code with it’s trinary system of dit, daw and pause.

    There’s also been a system close to e-mail which used store and forward techniques, apparently to improve throughput.
    http://en.wikipedia.org…

  6. KD5ZS says: March 11, 201012:06 pm

    Morse code was the first.

  7. Casandro says: March 11, 201012:39 pm

    Unfortunately I have to disappoint you there. The first was the system by Claude Chappe
    http://en.wikipedia.org…

  8. John Savard says: March 11, 20102:44 pm

    I remember reading an article which noted that Telex still had great advantages, because it helped one in doing business with some countries where the government did not like to allow international telephone access, such as North Korea or certain regimes in Africa. I wasn’t sure that anyone in their right mind would want to do business in such parts of the world, but this news item naturally brought that to mind.

  9. Pardik says: March 11, 20105:29 pm

    And the first message transmitted digitally was “digitus impudicus”? Seriously, isn’t speech also mostly a digital transmission?

  10. Casandro says: March 11, 201010:10 pm

    Printed speech certainly is digital. With spoken words I’m not so sure, as the intonation can have subtile differences.

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