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World Map Telegraph Lines of 1855 Vintage Poster

World Map of Telegraph Lines of 1855

World Map Telegraph Lines of 1855
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A vintage world map showing the telegraph lines in operation, under contract, and contemplated, to complete the circuit of the globe/entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1855 by J.H. Colton & Co. in the Clerks Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York.

In the United States, the Morse/Vail telegraph was quickly deployed in the two decades following the first demonstration in 1844. Furthermore, the overland telegraph connected the west coast of the continent to the east coast by 24 October 1861, as a result bringing an end to the Pony Express.

From the 1850s until well into the 20th century, British submarine cable systems dominated the world system. This was set out as a formal strategic goal, which became known as the All Red Line.  However, in 1896, there were thirty cable laying ships in the world and twenty-four of them were owned by British companies. Because, in 1892, British companies owned and operated two-thirds of the world’s telegraph cables.

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