WW2 Creed 7B Mark 1 Military Teleprinter with ‘Secret’ Servicing Manual
The Creed Model 7 teleprinter was first released in 1931, and though not their first machine would go on to become their most celebrated and influential model.
During the 1930s the Creed model 7 was widely used by the Post Office telex service, but when war broke out in 1939 it would become the backbone of our British military communications system for the duration of the Second World War. The military version of the Creed Model 7 was labelled the 7B (such as this example) and thousand of them travelled overseas with the troops. It was also famously and importantly used back at the home front by Military Intelligence at Bletchley Park as part of their code-breaking and code sending activities. After the war the Model 7 continued in production until the early 1960s and was used in some of the very early computers to be built.
The Creed 7B runs at 66 words per minute at 50 bauds, 3000 Rpm and works off 22-25v DC.
This example is offered in very good untouched original condition and looks to have been cared for over the years.There is some light surface corrosion to a few of the parts but everything appears complete and the motor and cranks turn freely. Being a precision instrument which will need proper cleaning, lubrication and checking before use, I have not attempted to hook it up and get it running. Therefore it is being sold entirely ‘as found’ and unworking only. However this would be an ideal candidate to restore back to working condition. It is still speculation at this point (because I’ve not had a chance to do the research) but the “customer’s marking” code on the plate suggests this particular machine may have been used by the 43rd (Wessex) Division. The red light on the side looks to be an in-house addition, probably to warn the staff about incoming messages.
As an added bonus for the new owner I am including an original related 1943 field Engineer’s Model 7 teleprinter manual which due to its sensitive nature at the time is clearly marked ‘Secret’ and ‘Restricted Distribution’ on the front page. Basically it is a copy of lots of servicing data from 1935 for the Mark 1 to help with war time field repairs.
Together these two items would be perfect for educational use or as part of a WW2 display.
Due to the weight collection is obviously preferred, but it can be delivered within England and Wales via courier quite easily. For all international shipping please get in touch first for a suitable quote.
There are some pretty good videos on YouTube that show these mesmerizing machines at work.