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Telecommunication Collection

"Revolutionizing Communication: From Marconi's Radio Apparatus to the Telegraph Receiver" Step back in time and explore the fascinating world of telecommunication

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Marconi radio apparatus

Marconi radio apparatus
Marconi radio equipment on a ship. The equipment includes headphones and a Morse code key (lower centre). The equipment is labelled (left-right)

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Lovell Telescope

Lovell Telescope
The brainchild of Sir Bernard Lovell, the Lovell Radio Telescope was for many years the largest in the world and dominates the Cheshire countryside for miles around. Date: 1960s

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Early fire brigade street alarm

Early fire brigade street alarm
Early fire brigade alarm system. Historical artwork of a fireman testing a 19th-century combined telephonic and telegraphic street fire alarm system

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station

Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station, aerial photograph. Goonhilly is the largest satellite Earth receiving station in the world with sixty communications dishes in total

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: The New Magic: Sending Pictures by Wireless and the Unescapable Telephone, c1935

The New Magic: Sending Pictures by Wireless and the Unescapable Telephone, c1935. From Our Wonderful World, Volume II, edited by J.A. Hammerton. [The Amalgamated Press, Ltd. London]

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Arecibo message and decoded key C016 / 6817

Arecibo message and decoded key C016 / 6817
Arecibo message and decoded key. Diagram showing the binary transmission (left) known as the Arecibo message, with the message decoded and labelled at centre and right

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Wireless officer sending a message by Morse Code from on board a ship, 1916

Wireless officer sending a message by Morse Code from on board a ship, 1916
Wireless officer sending a message by morse code from on board a ship, 1916. Wireless telegraphy at sea was made possible by the type of sending

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Channel tunnel

Channel tunnel. Historical artwork of a tunnel beneath the English Channel through which Napoleons troops are moving to invade England

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Konstantin Buteyko, Soviet doctor

Konstantin Buteyko, Soviet doctor
Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko (1923-2003), Soviet medical doctor and researcher. In the 1950s, Buteyko, a Ukrainian, developed a theory on the effects of deep breathing (hyperventilation)

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Guglielmo Marconi, radio inventor

Guglielmo Marconi, radio inventor
Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937), Italian physicist and inventor of the radio. Marconi patented his radio system in Britain, established the Marconis Wireless Telegraph Company in London in 1897

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Zizkov TV tower at sunrise, Prague, Bohemia, Czech Republic

Zizkov TV tower at sunrise, Prague, Bohemia, Czech Republic

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: The switchboard at the Newcastle Telephone Exchange. 24th Januaray 1931

The switchboard at the Newcastle Telephone Exchange. 24th Januaray 1931

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Telegraph printer, 1889 C013 / 8777

Telegraph printer, 1889 C013 / 8777
Telegraph printer. 19th-century artwork of a telegraph printer developed by Moore and Wright in the 1880s. The electric telegraph had been developed in the 1830s and 1840s

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Great Eastern

Great Eastern
September 1865: The laying of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable on board Brunels steamship the Great Eastern. Original Publication: Illustrated London News

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Telegraph receiver

Telegraph receiver. Historical artwork of a Breguet telegraph receiver. Messages arrived at the receiver in wires as a series of long and short electric pulses

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Marconi radio apparatus

Marconi radio apparatus
Marconi radio equipment. This is a Marconi type 31 crystal receiver for ships. Marconi patented his radio equipment in 1896, founding a company in 1897 to build the new equipment

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Early telephone, historical artwork

Early telephone, historical artwork
Early telephone. Historical artwork of three men gathered around an early telephone. The man at right is talking into the speaking tube

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Demonstration of the wireless telephone

Demonstration of the wireless telephone, June 1920. In the 1920s, broadcasting was still in its infancy, with radio transmitters and receivers owned only by amateur enthusiasts

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Valentia in 1857-1858 at the Time of the Laying of the Former Cable, 1865

Valentia in 1857-1858 at the Time of the Laying of the Former Cable, 1865

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Foilhummerum Bay, Valentia, from Cromwell Fort: The Caroline Laying the Earthwire on July

Foilhummerum Bay, Valentia, from Cromwell Fort: The Caroline Laying the Earthwire on July 21st, 1865, 1865

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: The Aerial Man

The Aerial Man
1843: The aerial man passing over the Royal Greenwich Observatory, London. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Telephone bureau exchange, 1889

Telephone bureau exchange, 1889
Telephone bureau exchange. 19th-century artwork of woman operating the exchange at a telephone bureau. They are using receivers to listen to incoming calls and using the wires

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Wireless communication

Wireless communication
MODEL RELEASED. Wireless communication. Boy using a bluetooth hands-free headset for his mobile phone

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Clement Driscoll seated at desk, 1910. Creator: Bain News Service

Clement Driscoll seated at desk, 1910. Creator: Bain News Service
Clement Driscoll seated at desk, 1910.

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: John Purroy Mitchel, 1914. Creator: Bain News Service

John Purroy Mitchel, 1914. Creator: Bain News Service
John Purroy Mitchel, 1914. John Purroy Mitchel (1879-1918) who served as mayor of New York City from 1914 to 1917.

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Pack horse used by U.S. Army Signal Corps, carrying chest of instruments for local outfit..., 1916

Pack horse used by U.S. Army Signal Corps, carrying chest of instruments for local outfit..., 1916
Pack horse used by U.S. Army Signal Corps, carrying chest of instruments for local outfit for wireless telegraph, 1916.

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Edward Bannick, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Edward Bannick, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Edward Bannick, between c1910 and c1915.

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: The Atlantic Telegraph Expedition: the Great Eastern off Brighton on her return home, 1865

The Atlantic Telegraph Expedition: the Great Eastern off Brighton on her return home, 1865. Creator: Unknown
The Atlantic Telegraph Expedition: the Great Eastern off Brighton on her return home - from a sketch by our special artist, 1865

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: The Atlantic Telegraph Expedition: preparing for the final attempt to grapple the lost cable

The Atlantic Telegraph Expedition: preparing for the final attempt to grapple the lost cable, 1865. Creator: Unknown
The Atlantic Telegraph Expedition: preparing for the final attempt to grapple the lost cable - from a sketch by our special artist, 1865

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: The Atlantic Telegraph Expedition: the paying-out machinery of the Great Eastern, 1865

The Atlantic Telegraph Expedition: the paying-out machinery of the Great Eastern, 1865. Creator: Unknown
The Atlantic Telegraph Expedition: the paying-out machinery of the Great Eastern - from a sketch by our special artist, 1865

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: The Atlantic Telegraph Expedition: the second buoy...where the cable was grappled, Aug. 8, 1865

The Atlantic Telegraph Expedition: the second buoy...where the cable was grappled, Aug. 8, 1865. Creator: Unknown
The Atlantic Telegraph Expedition: the second buoy, marking the exact place where the cable was grappled, Aug. 8, 1865. 'Our Special Artist has furnished sketches of the two buoys

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: The Atlantic Telegraph Expedition: the first buoy...where the cable was grappled, Aug. 3, 1865

The Atlantic Telegraph Expedition: the first buoy...where the cable was grappled, Aug. 3, 1865. Creator: Unknown
The Atlantic Telegraph Expedition: the first buoy, marking the supposed place where the cable was grappled, Aug. 3, 1865. 'Our Special Artist has furnished sketches of the two buoys

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: The Indo-European Telegraph: Landing The Cable in the mud at Fao, Persian Gulf, 1865

The Indo-European Telegraph: Landing The Cable in the mud at Fao, Persian Gulf, 1865. Creator: Unknown
The Indo-European Telegraph: Landing The Cable in the mud at Fao, Persian Gulf, 1865. 'When some four miles of cable had been paid out

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Telegraph map of the Eastern World, 1865. Creator: John Dower

Telegraph map of the Eastern World, 1865. Creator: John Dower
Telegraph map of the Eastern World, 1865. Map showing '...the progress of telegraphic communication from England in the directions of India, China

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Examining the Atlantic Telegraph Cable, after raising it, on board the Great Eastern, 1865

Examining the Atlantic Telegraph Cable, after raising it, on board the Great Eastern, 1865. Creator: Unknown
Examining the Atlantic Telegraph Cable, after raising it, on board the Great Eastern, 1865. Engraving from a sketch by Robert Dudley '...of the anxious group of men...handling

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: The Indo-European Telegraph: Mussendom Station, Elphinstone Inlet, Persian Gulf, 1865

The Indo-European Telegraph: Mussendom Station, Elphinstone Inlet, Persian Gulf, 1865. Creator: Unknown
The Indo-European Telegraph: Mussendom Station, Elphinstone Inlet, Persian Gulf, 1865. From a sketch by Lieut. Hewett, of the gun-boat Clyde

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: The breaking of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable on board the Great Eastern, 1865. Creator: Unknown

The breaking of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable on board the Great Eastern, 1865. Creator: Unknown
The breaking of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable on board the Great Eastern, 1865. Engraving from a sketch by Robert Dudley. '...the galvanometer detected a flaw of electricity which indicated a

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Laying of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable: Sir Robert Peel addressing bystanders...at Valencia, 1865

Laying of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable: Sir Robert Peel addressing bystanders...at Valencia, 1865. Creator: Unknown
Laying of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable: Sir Robert Peel addressing the bystanders after the taking of the shore end of the cable to the Telegraph House at Valencia, 1865

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: The Late Lieutenant-Colonel Patrick Stewart, Director-General of the Indo-European Telegraph

The Late Lieutenant-Colonel Patrick Stewart, Director-General of the Indo-European Telegraph, 1865. Creator: Unknown
The Late Lieutenant-Colonel Patrick Stewart, Director-General of the Indo-European Telegraph, 1865. Portrait of '...a most able

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Laying of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable: watching the Caroline going out to sea..., 1865

Laying of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable: watching the Caroline going out to sea..., 1865. Creator: Unknown
Laying of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable: watching the Caroline going out to sea with the shore end of the cable, 1865. Engraving from a sketch by Robert Dudley

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Laying of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable: landing the shore end of the cable...Valencia, 1865

Laying of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable: landing the shore end of the cable...Valencia, 1865. Creator: Unknown
Laying of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable: landing the shore end of the cable from the Caroline at Foilhommerum, Valencia, 1865

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Laying of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable: receiving messages from the Great Eastern...Valencia

Laying of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable: receiving messages from the Great Eastern...Valencia, 1865. Creator: Unknown
Laying of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable: receiving messages from the Great Eastern in the instrument-room of the Telegraph House at Foilhommerum, Valencia, 1865

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Laying of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable:...workmen on the road between Killarney and Valencia

Laying of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable:...workmen on the road between Killarney and Valencia, 1865 Creator: Unknown
Laying of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable: encampment of workmen on the road between Killarney and Valencia, 1865. Engraving from a sketch by Robert Dudley

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: The Indo-European Telegraph: Elphinstone Inlet, Persian Gulf, with a view of the Fort, 1865

The Indo-European Telegraph: Elphinstone Inlet, Persian Gulf, with a view of the Fort, 1865. Creator: Unknown
The Indo-European Telegraph: Elphinstone Inlet, Persian Gulf, with a view of the Fort, 1865. From a sketch by Lieut. Hewett, commanding the gun-boat Clyde

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Crossroads

Crossroads
Tal Paz-Fridman

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Alexander Graham Bell (right) experimenting with an x-beam tetrahedral kite, designer Mr

Alexander Graham Bell (right) experimenting with an x-beam tetrahedral kite, designer Mr
NWI4948745 Alexander Graham Bell (right) experimenting with an x-beam tetrahedral kite, designer Mr. Baldwin next to Dr Bell

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Early telephone combining the transmitter and receiver, 1800s

Early telephone combining the transmitter and receiver, 1800s
NWI4954767 Early telephone combining the transmitter and receiver, 1800s.; (add.info.: Early telephone combining the transmitter and receiver, 1800s.); Photo © North Wind Pictures

Background imageTelecommunication Collection: Early wall-mounted telephone, 1800s

Early wall-mounted telephone, 1800s
NWI4954762 Early wall-mounted telephone, 1800s.; (add.info.: Early wall-mounted telephone, 1800s.); Photo © North Wind Pictures



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"Revolutionizing Communication: From Marconi's Radio Apparatus to the Telegraph Receiver" Step back in time and explore the fascinating world of telecommunication, where innovation and technology have shaped human connection throughout history. Starting with Marconi's groundbreaking radio apparatus, which paved the way for wireless communication, we witness a remarkable transformation. The Lovell Telescope emerges as a symbol of scientific progress, enabling us to delve into the mysteries of space. In times of emergency, the early fire brigade street alarm acted as a lifeline for communities, alerting them to danger swiftly and efficiently. Meanwhile, Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station revolutionized global communication by connecting people across continents like never before. The Arecibo message and its decoded key C016 / 6817 represent humanity's attempt to reach out to extraterrestrial civilizations—a testament to our insatiable curiosity about what lies beyond our planet. Traveling through time brings us face-to-face with pivotal moments such as the switchboard at Newcastle Telephone Exchange on January 24th, 1931. Here, operators diligently connected calls that bridged distances and brought loved ones closer together. During wartime struggles in 1916, a wireless officer bravely sent messages via Morse Code from aboard a ship—an act that exemplified how telecommunication played an essential role in military operations. Fast forward to modern times—the Channel Tunnel stands tall as an engineering marvel that connects nations physically while fostering cultural exchange and economic growth. Meet "The Aerial Man, " who fearlessly climbed towering structures to ensure uninterrupted communication signals—his bravery kept society connected during challenging times. Witness the grandeur of Great Eastern—a colossal vessel instrumental in laying undersea cables that linked distant lands electronically—ushering in an era of instant long-distance communication unimaginable before its time. Finally, marvel at the Telegraph Printer from 1889 (C013 /8777), which transformed written words into electrical pulses, revolutionizing the speed and efficiency of information transmission.