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

2004 Danish Post & Tele Museum Exhibition
by Bill Burn

The Post & Tele Museum building, formerly the main telegraph office in Copenhagen

The Atlantic Cable website is pleased to have contributed a number of images to the Danish Post & Tele Museum's special exhibition, which ran from 2 February to 19 September 2004. The title of the exhibition was "Online - 150 Years on the Net", and it traced the history of communications within Denmark and with the rest of the world over the past 150 years. For this exhibition the Museum drew from its own permanent collection, and from other museums and archives around the world.

While the exhibition at the museum is now closed, my photographs of it are on this page. The web version and the book of the exhibition continue to be available (see below).

From the Museum's website (see below for direct link to the on-line exhibit):

"World history can be divided into the time before and the time after the internet, or can it? The establishment of the telegraph network 150 years ago - enabling the distribution of news, trading, mailing, and even hacking online - embraced the first beginning of the global society to an extent that has a striking similarity with today's internet.

"This is the topic of the special exhibition at Post & Tele Museum showing the revolutionary effects of the two nets, side by side.

"The exhibition is more than a celebration of the 150 years anniversary of the telegraph in Denmark. The overall story is international and the exhibition has been built up by a wealth of objects and pictures from international museums and archives."

The exhibition is arranged as a timeline, beginning with a brief history of pre-electric communications in Denmark, progressing through the development of the electric telegraph in Britain and America, and showing in detail the introduction of telegraphy to Denmark and the use of undersea cables for both internal and external communications. The Post & Tele Museum's on-line exhibit presents a detailed virtual view of the exhibition; shown here are some general photographs of the exhibits.

See also the book of the exhibit, The Great Sea-Serpent.

Click on each image for a larger view

Click here for the Post & Tele Museum Interactive Exhibition

Last revised: 14 May, 2020

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