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S P Thompson and his Challenge to the Edison/Bell Telephone Patents

Silvanus Phillips Thompson (1851-1916) is perhaps best known as a professor of physics at the City and Guilds Technical College in Finsbury, London, and for his work as an electrical engineer and author. What is possibly less well known is... Continue Reading →

Standard Telephones & Cables (STC) Factory at New Southgate

STC, the British telephone, telegraph, radio, telecommunications, and related equipment manufacturer started out life in London in 1883 as International Western Electric (the UK arm of the US company Western Electric). It only became known as STC in 1925 after... Continue Reading →

The Early Photographic Collections of Standard Telephones & Cables

The IET Archives holds the photographic records of the New Southgate factory of Standard Telephones and Cables Ltd (later STC plc). STC was a British manufacturer of telecommunications equipment and transmission cables which grew out of Western Electric, an American... Continue Reading →

John Kemp Papers – The Trans-Andean Telephone Cable

The IET Archives has just completed the cataloguing of a collection called the ‘John Kemp Papers’, the third of four collections donated in the second half of 2015 relating to individuals who spent most of their working lives with Standard... Continue Reading →

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