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State telegraph exists one hundred years

Week number: 52-31

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The Rijkstelegraaf (State telegraph) exists 100 years. For this occassion an exhibition about communication now and then is held in The Hague. SHOTS: - A congratulatory telegram is handed in at the counter of the post office, after which a telegrapher types out the text on a telegraph; a small strip of paper with the printed text comes out of the side of the machine; - int. exhibition room: on the wall a copy of a historic text of a law on telegraphic communication; in a historical timeline the beginning and the expansion of the telegraphic communication through the years is shown: several old and new machines are demonstrated, starting with a historic Morse apparatus and ending with a modern telex; - ext. modern machines; cue of relay connectors; van relaisschakelaars; - technicians are seated behind the control panels; - in a room rows of telegraphers, with headsets and microphones, are seated behind their machines.

Polygoon-Profilti (producer) / Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (curator)
Publication date:
1 August 1952


Original format:
Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision