from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An analogue precursor to the fax machine, transmitting electrical impulses recorded by potentiometers to servomechanisms attached to a pen at the receiving station, thus reproducing a drawing or signature made by the sender.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A facsimile telegraph for reproducing writing, pictures, maps, etc. In the transmitter the motions of the pencil are communicated by levers to two rotary shafts, by which variations in current are produced in two separate circuits. In the receiver these variations are utilized by electromagnetic devices and levers to move a pen as the pencil moves.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The name given by Elisha Gray to his form of writing- or copying-telegraph.


tele- +‎ autograph (Wiktionary)


  • Oddly, the first method she tried was the telautograph, which was sort of a bad, early-1900s version of a fax machine.


  • He can add marginal notes and comments, taking advantage of one possible type of dry photography, and it could even be arranged so that he can do this by a stylus scheme, such as is now employed in the telautograph seen in railroad waiting rooms, just as though he had the physical page before him.

    As We May Think

  • The lady need not suffer long from inquietude concerning her husband's safe arrival; for the receiving instrument of her telautograph reproduces instantaneously his own handwriting.

    By Water to the Columbian Exposition

  • Professor Elisha Gray's sensational invention -- the telautograph -- in active operation, attracted many spectators.

    By Water to the Columbian Exposition

  • It is an essential part of the mechanism of the telautograph, and the movement is known among mechanicians as

    Steam, Steel and Electricity

  • This is, as nearly as it may be described without the use of technical mechanical terms, the principle of the telautograph.

    Steam, Steel and Electricity

  • In the telautograph the varying currents are caused not by the diaphragm influenced by the voice, but _by a pencil moved by the hand_.

    Steam, Steel and Electricity

  • For many years before he was known as the wizard of the telautograph, he was foremost in the ranks of physicists and electricians.

    Steam, Steel and Electricity

  • The action of the telautograph depends upon the variations in magnetic strength between two small electro-magnets.

    Steam, Steel and Electricity

  • Yet in all modifications the same thing is done in essentially the same way, and the Voltaic pile, and a little back of that Galvani's frog, is the secret of the telegraph, the telephone, the telautograph, the cable message.

    Steam, Steel and Electricity


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