Transatlantic Telegraph Cable

First transatlantic cable of the German-Atlantic Telegraph Company, Emden – Borkum – Azores – New York, 2-core telegraphic sea cable, 1900, Metals, textiles, plastics.
Courtesy of Museumsstiftung Post und Telekommunikation

Direct communication between Europe and the USA was made possible by a copper cable that ran under the Atlantic Ocean. It was protected from the salt water by a triple layer of insulation made of gutta – a type of latex that originated in Malaysia.