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Giovanni Caselli’s Pantelegraph
Pantelegraph

Origin

Giovanni Caselli

Type

Facsimile Machine

Effects

Transmits an animated repeating image to any location

Downsides

Can hypnotize the user until susceptible to suggestion

Activation

Transmitting an image

Collected by

Warehouse 12

Section

Babbage-1822

Aisle

778237-2764

Shelf

616316-7617-858

Date of Collection

June 12, 1892

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OriginEdit

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.

EffectsEdit

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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