[ISHMap-List] Help with telegraph maps

Julie Sweetkind-Singer juliets at stanford.edu
Fri Feb 26 19:53:47 CET 2016

Hi, all,

I've got a graduate student in economics looking for the following:

"I am conducting research on the development of communication system in Europe in the 19th century, especially on the evolution of the telegraph and railroad networks between 1800s and 1850s. I am looking for some maps that can show me the expansion of the network across time."

We have been able to find country-level maps on the telegraph network, but are having trouble finding maps that show where the telegraph networks spanned country boundaries or at the continental scale in Europe.

For example, here's a useful map of just the UK: http://distantwriting.co.uk/telegraphmap.html .
Here's another example: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9f/Bahnkarte_Deutschland_1849.jpg

We've search on David Rumsey's site and on Old Maps Online.  I've been able to find some maps out of our own collection that are at the country level, but nothing more general.  Any ideas or leads?

Many thanks for any help you can provide.



Julie Sweetkind-Singer
Assistant Director of Geospatial, Cartographic and Scientific Data
Head Librarian, Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections
397 Panama Mall, MC: 2211
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305

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