Tom French - W1IMQ - Created this Website
His website is being maintained as a tribute to the contributions that he made to knowledge in the field of telegraph history.
Tom passed away in 2016.
We will try to add descriptions of his publications and his historical material as soon as possible.
You can obtain some of his publications through
Since he is no longer able to answer questions or provide guidance, please search for your answers on
Artifax Books has been in business since 1990, when they first offered reference books to telegraph key collectors.
The proprietor of Artifax Books was Tom French, author of numerous books on telegraph instruments.
He was an amateur radio operator since 1955 (and held the same call letters, W1IMQ, ever since).
His hobbies were telegraph instrument collecting, and cars.