My own archive

Copyright John Crellin 2005

This small archive is derived from material in my possession. Request for permission to use.

World's Columbian* Exposition brochure, 1893
Insert from brochure above
Commercial Cable Company Messenger Boy 1920
Eastern Associated Telegraph Companies' world map
1882 Map of West Indies with Cables marked
Postcard - opening of Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare
Launch of the Faraday, Feb 17th 1874
Time of day calculator, CCC 1904
Postcard - C S John W Mackay
Advert - Cable service to all the world
Gutta Percha Invoice 1911
Waterville Cable station from old postcards
Postal Telegraph / Commercial Cables Santa Claus telegram
Commercial Cable home Visits here

* This was held in Chicago and to celebrate the the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's landing in America.

"The World's Columbian Exposition, celebrating the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's landing in America, was actually held in 1893, a year later than had been planned. New York City, Washington, D.C., St.Louis, and Chicago had all vied for the honor of housing the exposition, and it was during this vigorous and often vocal competition that Charles A. Dana, editor of the New York Sun, dubbed Chicago "that windy city." Chicago's lobbyists finally won out and, on April 25, 1890, President Benjamin Harrison signed the act that designated Chicago as the site of the exposition. It took three frantic years of preparation and work to produce the exposition. Although dedication ceremonies were held on October 21, 1892, the fairgrounds were not opened to the public until May 1, 1893. The exposition closed on October 30, 1893." - from