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90,658. As to Bell’s talking telegraph, it only creates interest in scientific circles, and, as a toy it is beautiful; but ...its commercial value will be limited. Elisha Gray, letter November 1876
90,659. I did not expect to find the electric cable in its primitive state, such as it was on leaving the manufactory. The long serpent, covered with the remains of shells, bristling with foraminiferae, was encrusted with a strong coating which served as a protection against all boring mollusks. It lay quietly sheltered from the motions of the sea, and under a favorable pressure for the transmission of the electric spark which passes from Europe to America in .32 of a second. Doubtless this cable will last for a great length of time, for they find that the gutta-percha covering is improved by the sea water. Jules Vern
90,660. We must raise the salaries of our operators or they will all be taken from us, that is, all that are good for anything. You will recollect that, at the first meeting of the Board of Directors, I took the ground that, ‘It was our policy to make the office of operator desirable, to pay operators well and make their situation so agreeable that intelligent men and men of character will seek the place and dread to lose it.’ I still think so, and, depend upon it, it is the soundest economy to act on this principle. Samuel F B Morse, letter 1848
26,451. Congrats. Stop. Have discovered only person in the world less funny than you. Name: Baldrick. Yours E Blackader. Stop. P.S. Please please please stop. (World War I & Telegraph) Curtis & Elton, Blackadder Goes Forth: Plan C – Major Star, Blackadder to Bob
26,456. We’ve received a telegraph from Mr Chaplin himself at Senate Studios: twice nightly screening of my film in trenches good idea. But must insist E Blackadder be projectionist. P.S. Don’t let him ever stop. (World War I & Telegraph) ibid. Darling to Blackadder
48,744. Just like Jacquard’s punch cards, the genius of Morse and Vail’s code lay in its simplicity. (Energy & Physics & Information & Telegraph) Order and Disorder with Jim Al-Khalili II: The Story of Information
48,745. The telegraph system would spread around the entire globe. (Energy & Physics & Information & Telegraph) ibid.
48,849. The key to understanding the telegraph is understanding a special kind of magnet – an electro-magnet. (Electricity & Telegraph & Magnetism) Professor Jim Al-Khalili, Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity: The Age of Invention 2/3
48,850. The 1858 cable was never fully repaired. (Electricity & Telegraph) ibid.
48,851. A new branch of research into the electro-magnetic spectrum, and solve the problems of the Atlantic telegraph. (Electricity & Telegraph & Magnetism) ibid.
48,862. Professor Oliver Lodge ... He would set in motion a series of events that would revolutionise the Victorian world of brass and telegraph wire. (Electricity & Telegraph) Professor Jim Al-Khalili, Shock and Awe: Revelations & Revolutions 3/3
3,578. 1859: disrupting telegraph service and creating auroras visible down to the equator. (Sun & Telegraph) The Universe: Total Eclipse
78,800. The electric telegraph was born out of a series of incremental steps. (Invention & Communication & Telegraph) The Genius of Invention III: Communication
90,655. The Great Eastern was the only ship large enough to take the seven thousands tons of cable needed for the extraordinary achievement of laying the first successful trans-Atlantic telegraph in 1866. (Telegraph & Ship) Mark Williams, More Industrial Revelations: Heavy Metal
48,822. Siemens completed his Indo-European telegraph in 1870. (Electricity & Telegraph) Ronald Top, Industrial Revelations: The European Story: Generation Electric
8,971. Dwight: Stop it!
Jim: Stop what?
Dwight: You’re talking about me in Morse code. Well, you know what? Joke's on you ’cause I know Morse code. Ha!
Jim: Yeah, that’s what we’re doing. In our very limited free time and with our very limited budget, we went and got a nanny and then we went out and took a class on a very outmoded and very unnecessary form of communication just so we could talk about you in front of you.
[cut to Jim and Pam] Jim: Yup. That’s exactly what we did. (Office & Code & Telegraph) The Office US: The Cover-Up s6e24, Michael
90,656. The major advances in speed of communication and ability to interact took place more than a century ago. The shift from sailing ships to telegraph was far more radical than that from telephone to email! (Telegraph & Communication) Noam Chomsky
90,657. A hundred years ago, the electric telegraph made possible – indeed, inevitable – the United States of America. The communications satellite will make equally inevitable a United Nations of Earth; let us hope that the transition period will not be equally bloody. (Telegraph & Satellite) Arthur C Clarke
127,654. In 1884 a Clydebuilt ship headed out of Glasgow and across the Atlantic ocean to Canada to become part of something truly groundbreaking. And this is her: the Mackay-Bennett … The creation of an underwater cable network that connected Britain with her future commonwealth for the first time, and in doing so sparked a communication revolution that would change the world for ever. (Ship & Communication & Telegraph) Clydebuilt: The Ships that Made the Commonwealth II: CS Mackay-Bennett
127,656. The real prize was the transatlantic telegraph. (Ship & Communication & Telegraph) ibid.