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The J-47 Telegraph Key

The J-47 has absolutely no distinguishing characteristics other than the "J-47" stamped in white on the top of the base.

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The box that I bought this key in seems to indicate that it was made in 1970. Keys made during the Korean and Vietnam years do not seem to be as well made as those produced during the WW II period.

This key is a variation of the standard J-47 that has the "J-47" molded, rather than stamped in white, and rounded corners on the base.

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The round corner base is also hollow on the bottom. Notice the Signal Corps acceptance stamp on this key.

There are two variations of the Lionel J-47. One has a base with round corners and the Lionel "L" trademark molded into the bottom of the base. The other is on a standard square cornered base.

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