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

Memorabilia & Ephemera

1858 Atlantic Cable Seal

This seal, made from a piece of the 1858 Atlantic cable, is in the Bell Canada Historical Collection. This would have been used to stamp the owner’s initials in the wax seals used to secure letters and other documents.

The image showing the initials has been photographically reversed for clarity.

The Bell Collection also includes another identical seal with different initials; that seal was given to its first owner by his employer, the Hudson's Bay Company, probably in the late 1800s.

Images copyright © 2006 Bell Canada Historical Collection. Used by permission.

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