More American Bugs

In addition to the commonly seen keys like Vibroplex and McElroy, there were many other companies producing bugs. Some came up with some amazing variations on the basic bug theme.

Below are some pictures of a large variety of different bug designs. Click on each thumbnail to view the full size image:

PB Delaney Auto-Dot. With Albright Label. Ca. 1907. Another Delaney Auto-Dot, Top View Conkling Key. Produces Automatic Dots Another View of the Conkling Key
Unusual Right-Angle Bug. Maker Unknown. Some Suggest it Might be Made by Mecograph Co. Front View of the Right-Angle Bug Third View of the Right-Angle Bug. Please Contact Me if You Have Any Info About This Bug The Vailograph. An Attachment to Convert a Straight Key Into a Bug. 1908.
Another View of the Vailograph The Dinger, Cleveland Ohio The Hulit Transmitter With Carrying Case, Topeka Kansas. 1909. A Close-Up of the Hulit Transmitter Unit
Single Lever Dunduplex, NY. 1909 Single Lever Dunduplex Double Lever Dunduplex, NY. 1909. With the Unique Mailbox Style Carrying Case Double Lever Dunduplex
Well-Made All-Brass Double Lever Bug With Albright Nameplate. Possibly Homemade Another View of the All-Brass Double Lever Bug RL Boulter Bug, Los Angeles. 1916 Another View of the Boulter Bug
Abernathy Bug, Ca. 1916 (Gil Schlehman K9WDY Collection) Close-up of the Abernathy Name Stamp The Shawplex. St. Joseph, Mo. Ca. 1919 National Vertical Bug, Small Version. Ca. 1920
National Vertical Bug, Large Version. Ca. 1920 Both Versions of National Vertical Bug First Model Bunnell Gold Bug, NY Bunnell Gold Bug With Lollipop Style Knob
Bunnell Gold Bug With Adjustable Knob (N7CFO Collection) The Lytle Triplex, Philadelphia. Can Be Used As a Right or Left Handed Bug Or As a Straight Key The Lytle Triplex, Left Handed Position The Lytle Triplex As a Straight Key
Postal Telegraph Bug, NY (Gil Schlehman K9WDY Collection) Starkins "Equable" Motorized Bug (Gil Schlehman K9WDY Collection) Another View of the Equable Bug Peerless Bug. Ca. 1920's. (Claudio Ruggieri, IZ0KRC Collection)
Peerless Bug, Later Version Blue-Racer Sized Bug by O.E. Cote, Providence, Rhode Island. Ca. 1920's Close-Up of the Cote Name Stamp The Keen Kode Transmitter by OB McClintock, Minneapolis, Ca. 1925. Dashes Produced by a Straight Key Lever and Dots by a 6-Button Keyboard
Marvel Bug, Boston The Mogul Bug, Boston Side View of The Mogul Signal Electric Sematic Bug, NY
Ultimate Transmitter Co. "73" Bug, In-Line Model Another View of the Ultimate Transmitter In-Line Model Ultimate Transmitter Co. "73" Bug, Amateur Model. Los Angeles "73" Bug With Cover Removed
The First "73" Amateur Model Bugs Were All-Brass, Then Later the Base, Frame, and Cover Were Changed to Pot Metal (Zinc) Pot Metal Often Suffers From Warping and Cracking Over Time, as Can be Seen in this Picture Another View of the Badly Warped & Cracked Base. The Key is Now Unusable ! Another Picture of a Pot Metal Ultimate Bug that is Now Just a Box of Shattered Parts !
Ultimate Transmitter Co. "73" Bug, Professional Model. "73" Bug With the Cover Open Go-Devil Bug, Early Version. AH Emery, Poughkeepsie, NY. Late Version Go-Devil
A Rare Version of the Master Teleplex Morse Code Practice Machine That Includes an Attached Bug A Close-Up of the Master Teleplex Bug Standard Radio Bug (Claudio Ruggieri, IZ0KRC Collection) Another View of the Standard Radio Bug
Speedoplex #1 by Leach Relay Co., Los Angeles Close-Up of a Speedoplex #1 Nameplate Speedoplex #2 The Melehan Valiant by Mel E. Hanson. Has 2 Levers For Automatic Dots and Dashes
Lionel J-36. WW2 Brooklyn Metal Stamping Co. J-36. WW2 JH Bunnell J-36. WW2 Pinelli Patent J-36. 1942 (
The Bunnell Navy Bug Model CJB-26009. JH Bunnell, NY. WW2 The Side of the Bunnell Navy Bug Has "Property of US Navy" Cast Into the Base Another View of the Pinelli J-36 Rayco Bug. Raylynn Mfg. Co. Boston
Kenco Bug. Might Be Same Maker as Rayco A Pair of Bugs, Obviously Commercially Made. Maker Unknown Electric Specialties Co. Cedar Rapids Bug. Sold As a Kit Bug With "Airline" Label. Sold by Montgomery Ward. Likely Made By Electric Specialties Co.
Gem Key. Made of Sheet Metal. (Gil Schlehman K9WDY Collection) The ZIP Key. Another Inexpensive Key Like the Gem Key Supreme Spring Co. Bug Bug Made By W1AWQ. (Claudio Ruggieri, IZ0KRC Collection)
Another View of the W1AWQ Bug The Codetrol. Made By Bernard Breedlove, Atlanta Brown Brothers CSA Bug & Straight Key Combo. Very Rare An Unusual All-Brass Bug With Ivory Paddles. Probably Homemade. Maker Unknown
Another View of the All-Brass Bug Homebrew Bug by Don Iverson, Linnton Oregon. Pendulum Folds Back Under the Paddle Another View of the Iverson Bug  




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