A training note used in a telegrapher’s college in Ohio sold on Nov.
18 for $152.75 in an Internet auction by Heritage Auctions.
The $10 training note was used at Shermans’ Telegraph College and
dated Jan. 1, 1876. A vignette portrait of Samuel F.B. Morse, the man
credited with developing a single-wire telegraph system for use in the
United States, is depicted on the face with, to the left, a smaller
vignette of a farmer feeding a horse and, at right, a portrait of a
dog. The back design indicates the college’s Rail Road Department
issued the note.
The college trained telegraph operators between 1868 and 1876.
The note was part of the Wendell Wolka Collection.
The city of Oberlin is located southwest of Cleveland. Oberlin is
the home of Oberlin College.
The piece was graded by the auction firm as Fine–Very Fine with two
tiny missing corner tips and a margin divot.
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