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Posted 5 years ago


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My Dad had this on a shelf while I was growing up as a conversation piece. He thought it was some kind of a ticket tape machine. When you put paper into it it would print out some kind of code. The plate on it says" The Gamewell Company #782, I believe Jan. 20 1902.
These pictures came out really dark, so I may have to retake.
WOuld love to know something about it.

Mystery Solved


  1. chinablue chinablue, 5 years ago
    I just love old stuff like this! It's an old ticker tape machine. You usually think of them as being used as stock ticker tapes and are under a glass dome or belljar sort of lid. I have read where this type was used by fire and police departments, etc to send a coded message to let main stations know where help was needed. Here is a link that will show you similar machine.
    and even a youtube video showing one working at a firehouse.
    Hope this helps!
  2. Ollie Ollie, 5 years ago
    Chinablue...Wow..thanks so much for your love and all the info. I do believe that that is what my Dad was referring to. He also had a huge old fire bell (which he sold) .He had
    found them both in an old building.
  3. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
    Somehow 110 year old technology is more impressive to look at, I love anything old with gears & moving parts.
  4. bags, 5 years ago
    It may be a call box. There could be a wheel inside that has code teeth in it that sends out the signal from where the box was struck.
  5. Ollie Ollie, 5 years ago
    Thanks bags...I watched the utube video and checked the website from Chinablue...I will mark as solved.
    Thanks for everyones help!
  6. chinablue chinablue, 5 years ago
    I'd say that's probably right, bags. Makes sense.

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