Examination of 1858 Transatlantic Telegraph Cable

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Bernard Finn (left), curator in Division of Electricity and Nuclear Energy at National Museum of History and Technology, now known as the National Museum of American History, examines a section of the transatlantic telegraph cable, the first cable used in transatlantic communication and one of one hundred cable sections donated to the museum by Richard Moskow of Silver Creations, Ltd. and Randall King (at right) of Lanello Reserves, Inc. The samples, and certificates of authenticity which accompanied them, were made up by the New York firm of Tiffany & Co., and sold to the public after contact had been successfully made between the old world and the new.


  • Finn, Bernard S. 1932-
  • National Museum of History and Technology
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Electricity and Nuclear Energy
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs


  • Original film available in SIA Acc. 11-009.
  • Featured in the "Torch," September 1974.

Cite as

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 02, Folder: September 1974, Image No. 74-4450-23

Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1974
  • May 16, 1974

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  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Employees
  • King, Randall
  • Moskow, Richard
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees


Black-and-white photographs

Local number

SIA RU000371 [74-4450-23]

Physical description

Gelatin silver prints; 8 x 10;

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