Telegraph Website Links
If you're interested in the history of telegraph, John Casale's Telegraph-History website is an amazing reference, containing a wealth of information about various telegraph instruments, the instrument makers, and different historical events.
Bill Burns has been studying the history of the undersea Atlantic telegraph cable for quite some time and has extensive information about everything cable-related.
Fons Vanden Berghen has an amazing collection of European telgraph instruments. He has written a book and has set up many public displays of his instruments for people to enjoy.
Russ Kleinman specializes in early wireless telegraphy and has a comprehensive list of the various wireless telegraph manufacturers with pictures of their instruments. There are also some great pictures of other types of telegraph keys as well. Be sure to check out the "Spark Key Project" link.
Randy Cole specializes in collecting Vibroplex bugs. In addition to pictures of all the different Vibroplex models, he has information to allow you to determine when your key was made based on the serial number.
John Jenkins has an amazing collection of early telegraph instruments as well as other eary electromagnetic instruments. In addition, he has a museum in Bellingham Washington that is open to the public !
Roger Reinke has compiled a comprehensive list of the 19th Century telegraph instrument makers, with dates on when the instruments were made. Very informative if you want to know when and where something was made.
John Casale's Telegraph-History site has a page with history about the early telegraph instrument makers.
John, G0RDO, has a neat website dedicated to telegraph instruments, especially good for information about British or European instruments.
Ron McMullen, an ex Australian telegrapher, has put together a great website dedicated to Australian telegraph instruments.
Eliseo, IK6BAK has a really nice collection of telegraph instruments, especially Italian instruments. In addition, Eliseo hosts a forum on key collecting on his website.
Ron Ayling, G3YUH, is a master machinist whose hobby is making exact replicas of rare and famous telegraph keys. In addition to the above link (home page), check out these mind-blowing replicas he has made of some very rare bugs and other keys:
Chris, F9WT, has a great page dedicated to French telegraph keys, as well as other keys from around the world !
Mark, M6BRN, has a nice collection of telegraph instruments as well as some interesting galvanometers and some very cool crystal radio sets.