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Morse Telegraph Machine: On May Samuel Morse sent his first successful long-distance telegraph message from Washington, D., to Baltimore, Maryland.

June 20, 1840: Samuel Morse receives the patent for the telegraph. Morse Telegraph Apparatus, illustration from "Eighty Years Progress of the United States," 1864; NYHS Image #78552d.

June 20, 1840: Samuel Morse receives the patent for the telegraph. Morse Telegraph Apparatus, illustration from "Eighty Years Progress of the United States," 1864; NYHS Image #78552d.

The first fax machine was developed by Alexander Bain in 1843

The first fax machine was developed by Alexander Bain in 1843

in 1840, Samuel Morse received the patent for his telegraph machine.  This photo from NYPL’s Wallach Photography Division shows the original instrument that sent the first ever telegraph message 4 years later from the Washington end of the Washington-Baltimore telegraph line. Tumblr

in 1840, Samuel Morse received the patent for his telegraph machine. This photo from NYPL’s Wallach Photography Division shows the original instrument that sent the first ever telegraph message 4 years later from the Washington end of the Washington-Baltimore telegraph line. Tumblr

Dictaphone  Dictaphone  Charles Houston used this Dictaphone to make voice recordings that were transcribed into letters and legal documents. He also recorded the testimony of clients and preserved his thoughts about legal strategy and the details of his cases. (Lent by Charles Hamilton Houston Jr.)

Dictaphone Dictaphone Charles Houston used this Dictaphone to make voice recordings that were transcribed into letters and legal documents. He also recorded the testimony of clients and preserved his thoughts about legal strategy and the details of his cases. (Lent by Charles Hamilton Houston Jr.)

Combined Leyden Jar and static electric disk.  Ca. 1800.

Combined Leyden Jar and static electric disk. Ca. 1800.

The telegraph was invented by Samuel Morse in 1832. It was a faster way of communication, that used a new way of communication called Morse code.

The telegraph was invented by Samuel Morse in 1832. It was a faster way of communication, that used a new way of communication called Morse code.

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