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1903 Pacific cable to Hawaii 1st transmission...



Item # 679201

January 02, 1903

THE EVENING TRIBUNE, San Diego, Jan. 2, 1903

* Commercial Pacific Cable Company
* 1st Pacific Ocean telegraph transmission


The top of the front page has a three column headline: "PACIFIC CABLE IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS" with subhead. (see) Lengthy text. Surprisingly this issue is in good condition being from the "wood pulp" era. Very hard to find issues that are not totally fragile from this era in paper.
Complete with 6 pages, small library stamps within the masthead, a few small binding holes along the spine, generally very nice.

wikipedia notes: The first section of cable was laid in 1902 by the cableship CS Silvertown from Ocean Beach, adjacent to the famous Cliff House in San Francisco to Honolulu. It began operating on January 1, 1903. Later that year, cables were laid from Honolulu to Midway Atoll, thence to Sumay, Guam, and thence to Manila. The cables carried the first message to ever travel around the globe from US President Theodore Roosevelt on July 4, 1903. He wished "a happy Independence Day to the US, its territories and properties..." It took nine minutes for the message to travel worldwide.

Category: The 20th Century