Photo #: NH 1589
"Atlantic Telegraph Polka"
Lithographic cover for a musical composition by A. Talexy, commemorating the successful laying of the first trans-Atlantic telegraph cable. Published in Boston, Massachusetts, 1858
Its illustrations include a view of USS Niagara (left) and HMS Agamemnon beginning to lay the cable, a chart of the cable route, a depiction of the cable, and scenes of the U.S. Capitol Building and Windsor Castle. The cable's first message, from Queen Victoria to President James Buchanan, was sent in August 1858, but it failed after a few weeks of operation.
Courtesy of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1936.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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3 February 2003