Morse to Marconi
The Birth of Telecommunications. Instruments, Books, Manuscripts and Ephemera

3 Jun 2004, starting at 10:00 BST with lot 1.

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Bell Telephone Hepworth (T.C.) The Telephone [extracted from "Science For All"]

Dolbear Telephone System Description of the Dolbear Telephone System

Share Certificate – Morse Underground Conduit Company Issued to George B. Mersham for 20 shares, on 19 October, 1882, at Camden, New Jersey

Dolbear (A.E.) On the Development of a New Telephonic System

Johnston (W.J.) Telegraphic Tales and Telegraphic History. A popular account of the electric telegraph – its uses, extent and outgrowths

Plum (William) The Military Telegraph during the Civil War in the United States, with an exposition of ancient and modern means of communication and of the Federal and Confederate cipher systems

International Telephone Company Situation des reseaux telephoniques publiee par la Compagnie Internationale des Telephones

Drawbaugh (Daniel) The Electric Speaking Telephone and the Art of Electrically Transmitting and Receiving Articulate Speech

Lister Telephone Trumpet Company The Lister Telephone Trumpet Co

Share Certificate – The Molecular Telephone Company Issued to Benjamin Moore for 8 shares @ $100, New York, April 29, 1884

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