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Project: Reproduce a Group of Working Stock Tickers

Client Objective: An organization committed to increasing financial literacy and a better understanding of financial history among students, was interested in building a group of authentic reproductions of 19th century stock tickers that would be capable of printing current data off the Internet.

Involvement: My workshop was contracted to complete this task. I assembled a diverse team of people that included, machinists, metalsmiths, woodworkers, a software engineer, electronic specialists, and an industrial historian. Working from original artifacts and without blueprints, we reverse engineered all components. A mahogany pedestal had to be designed along with an electronic interface in a style appropriate to the late 19th century. Following the complete design and engineering, we machined and produced over 100 units with over 10,000 components all with appropriate period finishes.

My role, in addition to leading and supervising all aspects of design, engineering, and manufacturing, included contact with the media as well as demonstrating and explaining the history of the stock ticker to school groups and museums. The historical accuracy of our work was validated by The Henry Ford Museum of Dearborn, Michigan. They provided access to original artifacts during the design phase and now include one of our tickers in their collection. An example is also in the collection of The Museum of American Financial History in New York City.

The work we completed on this project is further detailed at