Giovanni Caselli’s Pantelegraph


Giovanni Caselli


Facsimile Machine


Transmits an animated repeating image to any location


Can hypnotize the user until susceptible to suggestion


Transmitting an image

Collected by

Warehouse 12







Date of Collection

June 12, 1892


Origin[edit | edit source]

Giovanni Caselli was an Italian physicist and priest who invented the pantelgraph, a predecessor of the fax machine. Between two units, one would press ink onto tin foil with an electrically charged stylus. This would only coat some areas and leave the rest blank, which would be scanned, transmitted through telegraph lines and reproduced by the receiving station. He gained successful financial banking from Emperor Napoleon III and created a working model, which transmitted 140 kilometers between Paris and Amiens. The French were proud of possessing such a marvel of communication and other countries installed similar lines in lieu of the yet to be invented telegraph.

Effects[edit | edit source]

Transmits an animated, repeating image onto any location. Attaching either an object or photograph strongly representing or connected to a certain place will tie the pantelegraph’s signals to only that immediate vicinity. Broader figures such as an entire cityscape will cause a larger but overall weaker effect to occur. The image shown will repeat endlessly on loop, causing some watchers to fall into a hypnotic state. At that point, they are highly vulnerable to any suggestion or command.

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