Universal 3-A stock ticker

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Date Introduced
1870-1880 ca.
Photographer
Richards, Mark
Dimensions
glass dome: 12 1/2 in x 9 3/4 in; ticker: 10 in x 9 in x 9 1/2 in; wood base: 1 1/2 in x 12 in
Manufacturer
Western Union Telegraph Company
Credit Line
Loan courtesy of the New York Stock Exchange Archives, NYSE Euronext
Copyright Owner
© Mark Richards
Object ID
500002023

Named for the ticking sound they made, ticker tape machines printed stock prices in real time as they were sent over telegraph wires from the stock exchange floor. The “Universal,” designed by Thomas Edison, printed 1 character per second.