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Western Union Telegraph Co

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Duplex Morse key.
Duplex morse key name plate saying Silvertown Telegraph Works, London.
Sticker on underside of above key.

Western Union House, 22 Great Winchester Street, London, EC2, British subsidiary of an American company

of 195, Broadway, New York, and 26, Old Broad Street, London, E.C. (1914)

1866 Incorporated as a Limited Company

1866 the parent company owned 75,686 miles of wires

1867 The company placed an order with the India Rubber, Gutta Percha and Telegraph Works Co to manyfacture and lay a telegraph cable between Key West and Havana in Cuba[1]. This was presumably on behalf of the International Ocean Telegraph Co.

1909 made a contract with the American Telephone and Telegraph Co. for the joint use of plant and operating facilities.

1914 the parent company owned 1,487,345 miles of wires, of which 563,599 miles were copper wire, superior to iron in transmitting messages, and in the permanent life of the plant.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times May 24, 1912