Punch,  11 (1846), 142.

The Speaking Automaton on Railways



News-Commentary, Drollery


Railways, Telegraphy, Amusement, Instruments, Commerce

People mentioned:

John F W Herschel

    Reports on suggestions that the 'Speaking Automaton' be combined with the electric telegraph. Describes how this proposal would improve 'communications made from station to station' and ticket selling. Adds that the bland tones of the machine would be refreshing after the blunt manner of railway officials, and that the machine would enable George Hudson to conduct business from home.

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