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Circa 1940s Dow Jones Stock Ticker Machine With Original Clipboard
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $4,930.00
Long before the days of MSNBC, CNN, and various other twenty-four-hour news services, news tickers provided up-to-the-minute financial information for news reporters, brokers, traders, investment bankers, and other employees on Wall Street. Offered here is a vintage 1940s news ticker produced by the venerable financial institution Dow Jones & Co., publishers of the Wall Street Journal. The freestanding machine, measuring approximately 22 (W) x 14 (L) x 36 (H) inches, is constructed of both metal and glass, and features the company name on the front ("Dow-Jones/The Wall Street Journal"). Ideally, especially in terms of aesthetics, the machine includes the original, wooden Dow Jones clipboard, which hangs from its appropriate hook on the front. A slot for scissors (to cut the teletype) is attached on the side. The machine also displays a roll of original paper bearing the Dow Jones watermark. The machine is complete with its original glass-covered lid. The key to the side panel is not included. While rare today, in years gone by these machines were found in every newsroom and important financial institution in the country, reporting the up-to-the-minute late-breaking news in an era long before television, cable, and, of course, the internet. This antique piece would make for an attractive display (not to mention an exceptional conversation piece) in any modern financial office or in any display related to the history of information and how it travels. Excellent condition overall. Due to the weight and size of this piece, the shipping charges (depending on exactly where it is sent and method of shipping) may be substantial. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $4,930.00
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