And so with those words, following the toil of Dyar, Cooke & Wheatstone, Morse set free the telegraph, and ignited the greatest revolution in mass communication in 400 years. In his 1998 book, The Victorian Internet Tom Standage draws the most fascinating parallells between the 19th century and our own.
What have we learned from an era of cheats, lovers, innovators and hucksters. Are we destined to relive unbounded enthusiasm for technological evolution, or perhaps accept that maybe nation can speak unto nation, but sometimes only in binary?
Images: The Library of Congress Archive.