Escher.gif (426 bytes)

History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications
from the first submarine cable of 1850 to the worldwide fiber optic network

Stamps and First Day Covers - Atlantic Cables
AC Cover 01.jpg (66590 bytes) 1933accover3.jpg (66631 bytes) 1933accover.jpg (22603 bytes)
1933 - 75th Anniversary cover 1933 - 75th Anniversary cover.
Closeup of cachet
1933 - 75th Anniversary cover.
Closeup of cachet
 
1933accover4.jpg (63701 bytes) 1941accover1.jpg (57643 bytes)
1933 - 75th Anniversary cover.
Closeup of cachet
1933 - Cover for the 60th Anniversary of the 1873 cable
Closeup of cachet
1941 - Cover for the 75th Anniversary of the 1866 cable
Closeup of cachet
 
1958 Full Sheet (248159 bytes) AC Cover 05.jpg (94286 bytes)

AC Cover 06.jpg (204070 bytes)

1958 Full Sheet.
Scott catalog #1112
Cover from "The Laboratories" letter, showing Cyrus Field, the 1858 telegraph cable, and the 1956 TAT-1 telephone cable.
The enclosed letter is signed by Nelson Upthegrove, Nels Youngstrom, Ralph Gretter, Al Hale
1958 letter sent out by "The Laboratories"
Thanks to Sheldon Hochheiser, AT&T Corporate Historian, for confirming that the four signers of the letter were on the staff of Bell Telephone Laboratories in 1958.
 
  Large Stamp Image (124851 bytes)  
1958 Stamp,
Artist: George Giusti
 
1958acpostcard1.jpg (78527 bytes) proof.jpg (63653 bytes)
1958 Velvetone Maximum
Card by Edwin P. Haworth:
1958 Salomons postcard 1958 USPS proof card with photographic image of stamp
From the Velvetone Card: "Stamp is 0.84 by1.44 inches in dimension, arranged horizontally,
printed in a reddish purple by rotary press, electric-eye perforated and issued in sheets of fifty"
 
AC Cover 04.jpg (72288 bytes) ac cover 09.jpg (52629 bytes) ac cover 07.jpg (47778 bytes)
1958 Artmaster FDC 1958 Lowry FDC 1958 Anderson FDC
 
ac cover 08.jpg (43528 bytes) AC Cover Fluegel.jpg (60040 bytes) AC Cover 02.jpg (74935 bytes)
1958 Fleetwood FDC 1958 Fluegel FDC 1958 Artcraft FDC
 
ac kolor kover.jpg (28980 bytes) ac tricolor cover.jpg (38029 bytes) AC Cover 03.jpg (54453 bytes)
1958 Kolor Kover FDC 1958 Tricolor FDC 1958 Farnam FDC
 
accovercc.jpg (70662 bytes) 1958acrcover1.jpg (50295 bytes) 1958painted.jpg (39605 bytes)
1958 Cachet Craft FDC 1958 American Cable & Radio Corporation FDC.
Click for a close-up of the cachet and information on the cableship All America illustrated on the cover.
1958 Painted FDC
 
1958 Eiffel Tower FDC, strangely irrelevant to the cable 1958 Ben Kraft FDC 1958 hand painted FDC
 
1958 Van Ohlen FDC History of the U.S. in Mint Stamps
card with 1958 stamp.
Reverse of card
1978 FDC commemorating the 1866 cable with a 1958 stamp
 
Original 1958 covers with modern cachets overprinted
Images courtesy of Bill Glover
 
Click on the image for the full story Click on the image for a large picture and the story program1.jpg (32756 bytes)

1982 British stamps for Information Technology Year

Click on the image for a detailed description of the artwork and the stamps.

Souvenir Card with 1958 stamp

This souvenir panel, issued in 1985, is strangely inaccurate.  The cable was brought ashore in Newfoundland, not "New York, New York".  This was the third attempt to lay the cable, not the fourth. The message from Queen Victoria to President Buchanan was not sent on August 5th, and it took over 16 hours to transmit, not 67 minutes.

The Atlantic Cable centennial
stamp first day of issue
ceremonies program.

August 15th, 1958
General Post Office
New York, New York

Click on the image to see all
four pages of the program, plus a
high-resolution image of the
facsimile front page of the
New York Times for Tuesday, August 17th, 1858, which was included with the program.

 

2008 Eire cover
HMS Agamemnon and USS Niagara mid-ocean,
preparing to lay the 1858 Atlantic Cable

Last revised: 30 April, 2015

Return to Atlantic Cable main page

Search all pages on the Atlantic Cable site:

Research Material Needed

The Atlantic Cable website is non-commercial, and its mission is to make available on line as much information as possible.

You can help - if you have cable material, old or new, please contact me. Cable samples, instruments, documents, brochures, souvenir books, photographs, family stories, all are valuable to researchers and historians.

If you have any cable-related items that you could photograph, copy, scan, loan, or sell, please email me: billb@ftldesign.com

—Bill Burns, publisher and webmaster: Atlantic-Cable.com