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In 1854 a Canadian engineer interested Cyrus
Field in laying a cable from St. John's, Newfoundland, to the Canadian mainland.
This would speed receipt of European news by several days. While studying a
globe, Field decided the cable should be extended to Ireland. Laying the
Canadian cable took two and a half years. By that time Field had organized
companies in the United States and Great Britain to raise funds for an Atlantic
cable between the two countries. The first four cables
broke, causing heavy losses to investors. The fifth was completed on Aug. 5,
1858. On August 15 Queen Victoria and President James Buchanan exchanged
messages on the new cable. Soon, however, the signals became unintelligible, and
in October they ceased. Undeterred, Field raised additional funds. After another
failure in 1865, the fight was finally won on July 27, 1866.
THE OCEAN TELEGRAPH MARCH. Sheet music. 13" x 10". 1858. 5pp Complete. Good graphic lithograph cover w/ portrait of Field, cable and ships. From bound volume, trimmed top and bottom, foxing , moderate wear. (Sm.979); $125.
1889 TELEPHONE SHEET MUSIC. Kissing Papa Though the Telephone. Sheet music. 13 1/2" x 10 3/4" Very good graphic of early telephone. Soiling, stains, small unobtrusive whole in background, inside edge has old reinforcement. (Jb.509); $100.
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