Steve Kovacs, author of Fun With Maps (Provided)
Communicating Across the Pond
The first successful transatlantic telegraph cable was completed 154 years ago, replacing the first attempt in 1858.
This enabled a new era of communication between North America and Europe. Speed of light communications vs. steam ships. Of course, it took plenty of extra time to code and decode the messages in Morse code and to deliver the messages to the recipients, often in a printed paper note.
This map of the Atlantic Ocean from 1746 is by the famed French hydrographer and geographer, Jacques Bellin. Bellin produced a very large volume of maps, mostly of coastal areas, for the French Hydrographic Office through his 50-year career.
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.