John Pender Vanity Fair Print 1871
Original Lithograph with the caption at the bottom of the print: Telegraphs
In London 1866, John Pender was the leading financier/director and Chairman of the Companies involved who, with his colleagues, undertook the first successful laying of the transatlantic cable from Valentia Island off the coast of Ireland to Heart’s Content, Newfoundland and Labrador. This cable was the most successful and commercially viable of all the transatlantic cables and was 100% British financed, unlike the previous transatlantic cable-laying attempts, which had had some financial backing from American Investors. The Anglo-American Telegraph Company (formerly the Atlantic Telegraph Company) and The Gutta-percha Company and Glass, Elliott (Greenwich, London) merged into the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company ‘Telcon’ (which was taken over decades later by British Insulated Callender’s Cables), and laid the first successful cable in 1866 and ended up manufacturing and laying all of Eastern Telegraph’s cables and most of the submarine telegraph cables of the rest of the world.
He founded 32 telegraph companies, including Eastern Telegraph, Eastern and South African Telegraph, Western Telegraph Europe and Azores Telegraph Company, Australasia and China Telegraph Company, London Platino-Brazilian Telegraph Company, Pacific and European Telegraph Company which later became Cable & Wireless. In 1934, Imperial and International Communications, formerly the Eastern Telegraph Company (the amalgamation of those 32 telegraph companies), became Cable & Wireless. The new name was designed to more clearly reflect the combined radio and cable services which it offered, without reference to the Empire. Cable & Wireless is one of the world’s leading international communications companies. It operates through two standalone business units. International and Europe, Asia & U.S.
Published: 28-Oct-1871 Signed by: Unsigned . Dimensions approximately 23cm x 35cm. Free postage to mainland UK. Overseas buyers please contact us to agree shipping.
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