Telegraph Toys

Quite a number of telegraph toys have been made over the years. Most are cheap battery-operated plastic sets that consist of a simple strap key along with a buzzer and/or blinker light. Connection wire is often included so the sets can be separated by a distance.

Surely these toys helped spur some kids' interest in Morse code which eventually led to an interest in amateur radio.

Below are some pictures of Telegraph Toys going back as early as the 1880's. If anyone has information about any of these toys, especially the year they were made, please drop me a line.

Many of these pictures came from the collections of Apostolos, SV1EDY, and Dave, N4MW. Thanks for letting me use your photos !

Click on each thumbnail to view the full size image:

Game of the Telegraph Boy. Ca. 1888 Close-up of the Game Telegraph Boy Game Board President of the Telegrap Company Board Game. Ca. 1911 Toy Town Telegraph Office by Parker Brothers. Ca. 1911
Close-up of the Toy Town Box Another View of the Toy Town Telegraph Office Original Version of The Tele-Set. Ca. 1915 B.G.L. Morse Telegraph Set, England. Ca. 1920's (N4MW Collection)
Ad Advertisement for The Dot-N-Dash Telegraph Set. Ca. 1933 ICA Triplex Tri-Signal Code Signal Set. Ca. 1930's (N4MW Collection) The Master Tri-Signal Set. Ca. 1930's (N4MW Collection) Another View of the Tri-Signal Set
French Toy Telegraph Set French Toy Dial Telegraph Set Another View of the French Toy Dial Set A Different View of the Toy Dial Set
Telegraph Set for Boys. Connecticut Telephone & Electric. Ca. Early 1930's One of the Individual Telegraph Sets The Tele-Set Made by AC Gilbert Co. Ca. 1935 Inside the Gilbert Tele-Set
Fleron Signaler Set. Ca. 1930's (N4MW Collection) Buzzer Code Practice Set. Maker Unknown. Ca. 1930's (N4MW Collection) Ralston Cereals Tom Mix Straight Shooter Premium. Ca. 1938 Close-up of the Straight Shooter Key
Signal Electric R-70 "Wireless" Practice Set. Ca. 1941 Close-up of the R-70 Practice Set Geobra German Telegraph Set. Ca. 1940's The Individual Geobra Units
Elkay Manufacturing Co. Tri-Signal Telegraph Set. Ca. 1940's Inside the Tri-Signal Telegraph Set Standard Radio-Telegraph Signal Set by Strauss Mechanical Toy Co. Ca. 1940's Close-up of One of the Strauss Keys Sets
Western Union Telegraph Signal Set by SB Mfg. Co. Ca. 1948 Side View of One of the Western Union Key Sets Top View of the Pair of Western Union Key Sets A Slightly Later Version of the Western Union Telegraph Set
Brumberger Codemaster Telegraph Signal Set. Ca. 1950's View of the Codemaster Key Sets Morse Code Twin Set by Buzza Products, Australia. Ca. 1950's The "Doodle Bug" by Buzza Products, Australia. Ca. 1950's
Morse Amateur Set, Germany. Ca. 1950's Inside the German Morse Amateur Set Space Station Morse Code Set, Hong Kong. Ca. 1950's The 2 Space Station Morse Code Keying Sets
Close-up of One of the Key Sets Merit Morse Signalling Outfit, England. Ca. 1950's (N4MW Collection) Nabisco Rin-Tin-Tin Cereal Premium Telegraph Keys. Came in 5 Colors. Ca. 1956 Rin-Tin-Tin Cereal Premiums Were Found in Boxes of Nabisco Rice Honeys
Telegraph Single Unit Signal Set by Aurora Models. Ca. 1957 Close-up of the Key Unit Twin Telegraph Set by Aurora Models. Ca. 1959 View Inside the Twin Telegraph Set
Baravelli Signal Operator's Set, Hong Kong. Ca. 1960's Another Signal Operator's Set by Laurie Toys, England. (N4MW Collection) Japanese Code Practice Buzzer Set by Philmore. Many Different Companies Made Identical Sets. Ca. 1960's (N4MW Collection) Another Japanese Code Practice Buzzer Set by Sato Parts Co. Ca. 1960's (N4MW Collection)
The Key-Municator Telegraph Set by Dow Key Co. Ca. Early 1960's Masudaya Mobile Communication Toy Set, Japan. Ca. 1960's (N4MW Collection) Electric SOS Telegraph Set, Sold by Mail. Ca. 1966. (N4MW Collection) Wilson Wireless Practice Set, Junior Model, Canada. Ca. 1960's. (N4MW Collection)
Multimoteur French Telegraph Set. Ca. 1960's Close-up of the Multimoteur Set. Instructions in French on How to Use the Multimoteur Chad Valley Morse Signaller, England
Pocket Heliograph Signalling Set. British Indoor Pastimes, Ltd. (N4MW Collection) Contents of the Pocket Heliograph Set Close-up of Part of the Heliograph Heathkit Code Practice Set (N4MW Collection)
Army Signal Corps Electronic Telegraph Printer Close-up of the Army Signal Corps Set Keds Sneakers Miniature Telegraph Toy Close-up of the Tiny Key Inside the Keds Toy
Eagle Products 2-Station Code Kit, Japan. (N4MW Collection) Daveco Telegraph Set, Japan. (N4MW Collection) Official Boy Scout Signal Training Set. (N4MW Collection) Unknown Maker Toy Telegraph Set
E-Z-Code Junior by Aerovox. (N4MW Collection) Elastolin Morse Telegraph Army Toy Set, Germany Close-up of the Elastolin Telegraph Toy Another View of the Elastolin Telegraph Toy
MUK Electro Morse-Hobby, Germany Inside the MUK Electro Set Telegraph Accessory for GI Joe Action Figure Close-up of the GI Joe Key
Navy Blinker Code Lights Czechoslovakian Toy Telegraph Set. Ca. 1985 Label on the Box of the Czech Telegraph Set Close-up of One of the Czech Key Sets
Russian Toy Telegraph Printer Russian Toy Telegraph Set Close-up of One of the Russian Key Units Contents of the Toy Russian Telegraph Set
Another Russian Toy Telegraph Set Close-up of the 2 Key Units Russian Toy Key & Register Set Close-up of the Register
Small Toy Russian Telegraph Set Hasbro "Action Team" Toy Telegraph. A German Version of GI Joe Another View of the Action Team Telegraph Tech Telegraph Toy. Ca. 1972
Pfiffikus Morse Telegraph Set, Germany Close-up of the Pfiffikus Morse Receiver Close-up of the Pfiffikus Telegraph Key Technokits Telegraph Practice Set
Airgam Morse Telegraph Toy, Spain. (N4MW Collection) Unknown Toy Register Morse-Hobby Telegraph Set, Germany Inside the Morse-Hobby Set
Lionel Morse Set Close-up of the Lionel Components Science Cube Telegraph Kit Secret Codes Telegraph Set. (N4MW Collection)
  Flights of Fancy Telegraph Instruction Set Close-up of the Flights of Fancy Set  

 

 

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