Ticker tape

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Ticker tape was the earliest digital electronic communications medium, transmitting stock price information over telegraph lines, in use between around 1870 through 1970.wikipedia
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Edward A. Calahan

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Ticker tape stock price telegraphs were invented in 1867 by Edward A. Calahan, an employee of the American Telegraph Company.
Edward Augustin Calahan (1838–1912) was an American inventor, credited with invention of a ticker tape, gold and stock tickers, and a multiplex telegraph system.

Western Union

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Ticker tape stock price telegraphs were invented in 1867 by Edward A. Calahan, an employee of the American Telegraph Company.
It introduced the first stock ticker in 1866, and a standardized time service in 1870.

Printing telegraph

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Although telegraphic printing systems were first invented by Royal Earl House in 1846, early models were fragile, required hand-cranked power, frequently went out of synchronization between sender and receiver, and did not become popular in widespread commercial use. Stock ticker machines are an ancestor of the modern computer printer, being one of the first applications of transmitting text over a wire to a printing device, based on the printing telegraph.
Early stock ticker machines are also examples of printing telegraphs.

Ticker symbol

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The machines printed a series of ticker symbols (usually shortened forms of a company's name), followed by brief information about the price of that company's stock; the thin strip of paper on which they were printed was called ticker tape.
"Ticker symbol" refers to the symbols that were printed on the ticker tape of a ticker tape machine.

Thomas Edison

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One of the earliest practical stock ticker machines, the Universal Stock Ticker developed by Thomas Edison in 1869, used alphanumeric characters with a printing speed of approximately one character per second.
This allowed him to make his early fortune with the stock ticker, the first electricity-based broadcast system.

Typewriter

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A special typewriter designed for operation over telegraph wires was used at the opposite end of the telegraph wire connection to the ticker machine.
Although electric typewriters would not achieve widespread popularity until nearly a century later, the basic groundwork for the electric typewriter was laid by the Universal Stock Ticker, invented by Thomas Edison in 1870.

News ticker

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Simulated ticker displays, named after the original machines, still exist as part of the display of television news channels and on some websites — see news ticker.
The Reuters buildings at Canary Wharf and in Toronto have news and stock tickers; the latter type features market data for the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ and London Stock Exchange, while the Toronto building's ticker also includes quotes from the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Ticker tape parade

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Used ticker tape was cut into a form of confetti, to be thrown from the windows above parades, primarily in lower Manhattan; this became known as a ticker tape parade.
A ticker tape parade is a parade event held in a built-up urban setting, allowing large amounts of shredded paper (originally actual ticker tape, but now mostly confetti) to be thrown from nearby office buildings onto the parade route, creating a celebratory effect by the snowstorm-like flurry.

Dorothy Liebes

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Ticker tape was also incorporated into some of the innovative weaver Dorothy Liebes' unusual art textiles.
Her fabrics were known for their bold colour combinations and interesting textures, and often used unexpected materials such as feathers, plastics, metallics, jute, ticker tape, leather strips, and bamboo.

Don't fight the tape

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The term "tape" refers to the ticker tape used to transmit the price of stocks.

Stock market data systems

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Stock market data systems
Ticker tape

Digital electronics

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Ticker tape was the earliest digital electronic communications medium, transmitting stock price information over telegraph lines, in use between around 1870 through 1970.

Stock

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Ticker tape was the earliest digital electronic communications medium, transmitting stock price information over telegraph lines, in use between around 1870 through 1970.

Electrical telegraph

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Ticker tape was the earliest digital electronic communications medium, transmitting stock price information over telegraph lines, in use between around 1870 through 1970.

Television

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Paper ticker tape became obsolete in the 1960s, as television and computers were increasingly used to transmit financial information.

Computer

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Paper ticker tape became obsolete in the 1960s, as television and computers were increasingly used to transmit financial information.

Royal Earl House

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Although telegraphic printing systems were first invented by Royal Earl House in 1846, early models were fragile, required hand-cranked power, frequently went out of synchronization between sender and receiver, and did not become popular in widespread commercial use.

David Edward Hughes

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David E. Hughes improved the printing telegraph design with clockwork weight power in 1856, and his design was further improved and became viable for commercial use when George M. Phelps devised a resynchronization system in 1858.

George May Phelps

David E. Hughes improved the printing telegraph design with clockwork weight power in 1856, and his design was further improved and became viable for commercial use when George M. Phelps devised a resynchronization system in 1858.

Morse code

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In its infancy, the ticker used the same symbols as Morse code as a medium for conveying messages.

Alphanumeric

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One of the earliest practical stock ticker machines, the Universal Stock Ticker developed by Thomas Edison in 1869, used alphanumeric characters with a printing speed of approximately one character per second.

Real-time computing

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For the first time, trades were being done in what is now thought of as near real-time.

Printer (computing)

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Stock ticker machines are an ancestor of the modern computer printer, being one of the first applications of transmitting text over a wire to a printing device, based on the printing telegraph.

Teleprinter

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Stock ticker machines are an ancestor of the modern computer printer, being one of the first applications of transmitting text over a wire to a printing device, based on the printing telegraph.

Computer network

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Ticker machines became obsolete in the 1960s, replaced by computer networks; none have been manufactured for use for decades.