Title: World-Wide Communication
Producer: Cable and Wireless Ltd.
Accession number: 2007.1/50
Measurements: whole: 185 x 121 mm
Cable and Wireless Ltd. published this booklet entitled 'Worldwide Communication'. This map was used by staff and shows London at the centre of a network of cable and wireless telegraph circuits radiating out to countries throughout the British Empire. In 1954 the company employed '…men and women of more than 50 different races. 600 of the Company's staff are serving in the United Kingdom; 7,500 overseas and 700 afloat in the cable ships.' In 1866 the first submarine cable was painstakingly laid along the seabed of the Atlantic, allowing communications between Britain and America. This system was then extended worldwide to every continent. 1907 saw the new medium of radio begin to play its part in this communications network.