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2010-10-28 18:58:23

The telautograph transmists electrical impulses recorded by potentiometers at the sending station to servomechanismas attached to a pen at the receiving station. This machine is the precursor to the modern fax machine. It is the first device to transmit drawings to a stationary sheet of paper. Elisha Gray invented and patented the telautograph in 1888. It was publicly exhibited in 1893. The telautograph became popular for sending signatures over long distances and was often used by banks...

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monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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