The Royal

One of the two typewriters on display in the Telegraph Office at the Museum. This one is a Royal – one of the three leading brands which dominated the market of the early 20thcentury along with Underwood and Remington. I believe the typewriter in the image to be a “Royal 10”.

Some typewriters used for telegraph work only typed in capital letters as telegraphy was only done in capital letters to reduce the number of characters or symbols necessary. This is something reflected later in Telex services and early computers and computer printers.

Unlike the typewriters that many are growing up with today, for much of the 20th century typewriter were manual and did not require electricity.

~ dwpenner sept. 20, 2007

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A Burroughs Adding Machine in the Telegraph Office of the Station.

Long before the day of Office Computers and Digital Adding Machines there were mechanical adding machines using cogs, wheels, levers, and gears.

This is an early adding machine which could add up columns of numbers keeping a list of the numbers and the totals. The Burroughs Adding Machine also could come equipped with a direct subtraction device. The Burroughs Adding Machine was known as a “blind” printer because the printer was on the back of the machine and not visible to the operator who would have to “lift a carriage on the rear of the machine to see what was printed.” The operator could read a running total on a register behind the glass front of the machine.

The operator of a Burroughs entered the number on the keyboard and then pulled and released a lever on the side of the machine, causing the entry to print and to be added to the running total. In order to print the total, the operator depressed the “Total” key and pulled and released the same lever. – Early Office Museum*

This Burroughs Adding Machine along with the typing float, typewriter, and telegraph were staples of the telegraph office. There were also calculators which could do multiplication and division, however they didn’t create printed lists.

~ dwpenner sept 8, 2007

Early Office Museum
Early Adding and Calculating Machines
Antique Adding and Calculating Machines

A Special Summer Visitor

The museum had a visitor earlier in the summer just before Canada Day. Museum staff were surprised when looking out into the museum parking lot between the station and the Venosta rail car to spy a Bald Eagle. The eagle had apparently bagged a seagul and had taken it in the parking lot. Now while it might be an act of violence it is a part of the natural order of things and I believe it to be something special to see such a majestic creature visiting our museum. Even while in a large metropolitan region, we are still on the edge of wilderness that is capable of supporting a broad variety of wild creatures including Bald Eagles.