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Information Age Gallery: Cable
The telegraph gave rise to the first global communication network, radically shrinking our world. Explore the objects on display in the Information Age Gallery and discover the ways cable still plays a vital role in an increasingly wireless world.
Cryptograph (coding and decoding machine) by Sir Charles Wheatstone, 1843-1875
Silver thimble, used to pass a current through the 1866 Transatlantic cable, 1860-1866
Copy of the receiver and alarm call of Schilling's electric telegraph, 1870-1877
Chart of the Atlantic showing proposed couRse of the Atlantic Cable, 1856-1857
Hand perforator and copy stand for Wheatstone automatic telegraph system, 1890-1910