Old Cable and Wireless World Map, 1938 - (Very Early) Internet & Submarine Telegraph Chart
Old Cable and Wireless World Map, 1938 - (Very Early) Internet & Submarine Telegraph Chart
Old Cable and Wireless World Map, 1938 - (Very Early) Internet & Submarine Telegraph Chart
Old Cable and Wireless World Map, 1938 - (Very Early) Internet & Submarine Telegraph Chart
Old Cable and Wireless World Map, 1938 - (Very Early) Internet & Submarine Telegraph Chart
Old Cable and Wireless World Map, 1938 - (Very Early) Internet & Submarine Telegraph Chart
Old Cable and Wireless World Map, 1938 - (Very Early) Internet & Submarine Telegraph Chart
Old Cable and Wireless World Map, 1938 - (Very Early) Internet & Submarine Telegraph Chart
Old Cable and Wireless World Map, 1938 - (Very Early) Internet & Submarine Telegraph Chart

Old Cable and Wireless World Map, 1938 - (Very Early) Internet & Submarine Telegraph Chart

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A fantastic world map, originally published in 1938 at the peak of the British Empire, showing every wireless and wired telegraph route at the time. The map focuses on Cable & Wireless Ltd, the operator of the British Empire's network, with London smack bang in the centre.

The history of Cable & Wireless Ltd is complex and steeped in history, but it started with the British Government's requirement to build an Empire-wide wired and wireless network. The network was originally owned by the state, and operated by the Post Office, but by 1938 it was a privately held company. (And in 1947, under the Labour government, it would be nationalised and run by the Post Office again!)

This map is an unusual size - it's extremely wide - and would make a fantastic statement piece above a sofa, table, mantelpiece or staircase. The three smaller sizes (18x9, 24x11 and 36x17 inches) all come with white edges that help with framing, or can be easily snipped off if necessary. The larger sizes, and all framed maps, are all printed and pre-cut perfectly to size and look just like the listing images.

The text is very small on the 18-inch map, but at larger sizes it looks magnificent. I can print very large versions of this map up to 4.4 meters (170 inches) wide. Get in touch if you're looking for very large maps, or if you want me to check if your town/city is visible on this map.

The map shows every wired and wireless link in the world, with Cable & Wireless (i.e. British) links shown in red and other countries/companies in blue. Solid lines are cables, dashed are wireless. Wireless lines might seem a little quaint today, but in those days they were vital for maintaining connectivity if there was a World War and the enemy cut your undersea cables...!

The "Imperial" refers to the Imperial Wireless Chain, a project that was later folded into Cable & Wireless Ltd.

This would make a wonderful birthday, housewarming or Christmas gift for someone interested in (very early) history of the Internet and submarine cables.

You can order the map itself, or you can order a framed version. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that really makes the map pop out when on a wall. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame. I use super-clear acrylic (perspex/acrylite) in my frames - it's less reflective than glass and better for transport.

If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.

I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984 and I'm a 5-star Etsy seller with 1000s of sales and reviews.

This is the cheapest place to buy my maps online.

I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.

Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.

Delivery time is about 5 working days after you order.

All of my maps are well packaged and sent in a rugged tube if unframed, or surrounded by foam if framed.

I try to send out all maps within 1 or 2 days of receiving your order, though some products (like face masks or mugs) can take longer to make.

Please note that framed maps larger than 100cm/40 inches take longer to make and delivery is usually within 10 working days. I will get in touch with you to discuss the specifics of delivery.

Coronavirus is still causing random delays and some maps can take longer to arrive. If you need your map to arrive in time for an important date, please contact me before you order and I'll do my best to get the map to you on time.

If you select Express Delivery at checkout your order will be sent by courier (Fedex, DHL, UPS, Parcelforce) and will usually arrive in 2-3 working days. Please note that framed maps will usually take a little longer.

Customers in the UK, EU, US, Australia, Canada and Singapore: Your map will be sent from a printer or framer local to you, which means you'll get your map sooner, you won't pay import duties, and we'll put less CO2 into the atmosphere. I have worked with all of my printers and framers for years, and I quality control every single map. So your map will always look amazing, no matter where you order from!

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If you want a frame that's a specific colour or material, or want your map mounted/matted, please get in touch. I work with specialist framers around the world and have hundreds of framing options - so we should be able to find a frame that suits your decor/aesthetic.

Read more about how I can custom frame and mount/mat your old map.

Alternatively, I can also sell you an old map on canvas, foam board, cotton rag and other materials.

If you want to frame your map yourself, please read my map size guide first.

My standard frame is a black wood frame. It is simple and quite modern looking. On maps up to 36 inches (91cm) the frame is 2cm (0.75in) wide. I use thicker frames on larger maps - usually between 35 and 60mm (1.4in to 2.4in).

In all cases I use super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite) for the frame glass. It's lighter and safer than glass - and it looks better, as the reflectivity is lower.

All frames are provided "ready to hang", with either a string or brackets on the back. Very large frames will have heavy duty hanging plates and/or a mounting baton. If you have any questions... always get in touch!

My maps are extremely high quality reproductions of original maps.

I source original, extremely rare maps from libraries, auction houses and private collections around the world, restore them at my London workshop, and then use specialist giclée inks and printers to create beautiful maps that look even better than the original.

My maps are printed on acid-free archival matte (not glossy) paper that feels very high quality and almost like card. In technical terms the paper weight/thickness is 10mil/190gsm. It's perfect for framing.

I print with Epson ultrachrome giclée UV fade resistant pigment inks - some of the best inks you can find.

Please contact me if you're looking for a print on canvas or cotton rag.

Learn more about how the Unique Maps Co. sources and restores old maps

Map personalisation

If you want to make your old map really unique, I am able to personalise your map with a short message, for example:

- "Happy birthday, Ben! From Mum & Dad"

- "To My Beloved. Let's Explore The World Together!"

This message will be added to the map in such a way that it looks just like a real part of the map.

Select the "Personalise Map" option above if you'd like to add map personalisation to your map.

Learn more about my map personalisation service.

Get in touch if you're looking for more complex customisations and personalisations.

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