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Posted By: Walt Mathers on: 07/28/2004 10:01:26 EDT
Subject: How It Evolved - Walter?

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The code, which constituted a comilation of abreviations was developed by Walter Phillips, a telegraph operator in the 1870's or early 80's if I recollect rightly (but don't quote me). Walter Phillips is listed conspicuously in an 1890's work entitled "Telegraphers To-day". Seems that 'Oprs' really appreciated his code.

For our period though, we have the 1859 Western Union "Ninety-Two Code" a numeric code which, incidentally, includes '30' and ''73' as well.

As to obtaining a feel for what may have become part of the Phillips Code, something more to our period of study may be found beginning at the foot of page 93 of Brown's signal history. This set of abbreviations was published along with a circular as general orders within the various departments of the Federal Signal Corps during the War. We have some of them included among the files within our archive.

Living Historians may wish to have knowledge of the Phillips Code if you are conducting a third-person interpretation and someone happens to ask or mention it 'as they have here at this site'. Its also good for 1860's field communication presenters to have a feel for what came after the war but only as conversational purposes as these tangents seldom help the masses to stay focused. I know I have a hard time just remembering (and retaining) the War-time stuff.

Best Regards,
Walt Mathers
``30``

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