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Wires Collection

"Wires: Connecting the World Through Power and Communication" The towering electricity pylon stands tall, a symbol of power coursing through our cities

Background imageWires Collection: Doncaster, South Yorkshire - Clock Corner

Doncaster, South Yorkshire - Clock Corner. Good example of overhead catenary wires feeding power to the trasm running on the tramlnes below. Date: 1939

Background imageWires Collection: Bank and shops, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA

Bank and shops, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA
Wyoming Valley Trust Company and Second National Bank (left) and Jonas Longs Sons department store, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA. Date: circa 1907

Background imageWires Collection: NFS firefighter at a training camp, WW2

NFS firefighter at a training camp, WW2
With a dramatic reduction in enemy attacks on London after the Blitz (1940-41) firemen and firewomen had to be kept gainfully employed and a high level of fitness and preparedness maintained

Background imageWires Collection: Electricity pylon

Electricity pylon

Background imageWires Collection: Advert / Camp Coffee 1890S

Advert / Camp Coffee 1890S
Camp Coffee is still the best

Background imageWires Collection: Algeria - Oran - Rue d Arzew

Algeria - Oran - Rue d Arzew. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageWires Collection: Electricity transmission pylons and overhead wires, crossing over snow covered farmland at sunset

Electricity transmission pylons and overhead wires, crossing over snow covered farmland at sunset, Dorset, England, december

Background imageWires Collection: View down the High Street, Crickhowell, Powys, Mid Wales

View down the High Street, Crickhowell, Powys, Mid Wales
A view down the High Street from the Bear Hotel, in the town centre, Crickhowell, Powys, Mid Wales, with snow on the ground. Recently installed telegraph wires can be seen above

Background imageWires Collection: Breakdown lorry from Lambeth fire station in action

Breakdown lorry from Lambeth fire station in action
The breakdown lorry, from Lambeth fire station, being deployed to move a lorry involved in a serious accident with the OXO lorry in the distance

Background imageWires Collection: The opening of the new telephone exchange at South John Street, Liverpool

The opening of the new telephone exchange at South John Street, Liverpool. Pictured is the room where the switching over from the old to the new takes place. 5th November 1920

Background imageWires Collection: Upward view of spiral staircase

Upward view of spiral staircase
Looking up within an impost of the Arc de Triomphe

Background imageWires Collection: Harrow Road tram on Route 60 going to Paddington, London

Harrow Road tram on Route 60 going to Paddington, London
Harrow Road tram on Route 60 going to Paddington, advertising The News of the World newspaper. Date: circa 1920s

Background imageWires Collection: Scene of an accident in an Islington street, London

Scene of an accident in an Islington street, London
Scene of an accident in an Islington street, North London, with a trolley bus passing by

Background imageWires Collection: Electric tram, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire

Electric tram, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire
An electric tram on the road at Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, with the driver standing at the front in uniform

Background imageWires Collection: London Transport trolley bus

London Transport trolley bus
A London Transport trolley bus, serving Hampton Court

Background imageWires Collection: A London skyscape: the sky in Soho, 1905

A London skyscape: the sky in Soho, 1905
The maze of telephone wires over Soho, at the Gerrard Street telephone exchange. The steeple of St Anne s, Soho, can be seen in the distance, on the otherside of Shaftesbury Avenue. Date: 1905

Background imageWires Collection: A London tram overtaking a trolleybus

A London tram overtaking a trolleybus

Background imageWires Collection: The method of linking up hands and feet of sitting mediums

The method of linking up hands and feet of sitting mediums
Undated photograph showing the method of linking up hands and feet of sitting mediums by means of electrical control. This is one of series of photographs documenting Harry Prices investigations into

Background imageWires Collection: A German Zeppelins observation car

A German Zeppelins observation car photographed on display as part of a public exhibition of dirigible wreckage collected from across Britain

Background imageWires Collection: The Brooklyn Bridge, New York, 1883

The Brooklyn Bridge, New York, 1883
Engraving showing the walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge, New York, 1883. This image, showing the view from the centre of the bridge towards the shore

Background imageWires Collection: Young lady paying calls by personal airship among a maze of telegraph and telephone wires

Young lady paying calls by personal airship among a maze of telegraph and telephone wires. Robidas idea of world in 1953. From A Robida Le Vingtieme Siecle Paris 1883

Background imageWires Collection: Converting a London telephone exchange

Converting a London telephone exchange
Front cover photograph of the stupendous task of converting a London telephone exchange to the new Automatic Principle. Date: October 1926

Background imageWires Collection: Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) flock on telegraph wires, Islay, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe

Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) flock on telegraph wires, Islay, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageWires Collection: Flea Circus Chariots

Flea Circus Chariots
Professor Tomlins flea circus: a flea is pushed into position at the start of the chariot race; fine harnessing wires attach the fleas to the chariots Date: 1960s

Background imageWires Collection: Khulna, Bangladesh. An urban street scene in central Khulna

Khulna, Bangladesh. An urban street scene in central Khulna

Background imageWires Collection: Laying of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable: receiving messages from the Great Eastern...Valencia

Laying of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable: receiving messages from the Great Eastern...Valencia, 1865. Creator: Unknown
Laying of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable: receiving messages from the Great Eastern in the instrument-room of the Telegraph House at Foilhommerum, Valencia, 1865

Background imageWires Collection: Electricity Plant

Electricity Plant
Tal Paz-Fridman

Background imageWires Collection: Crossroads

Crossroads
Tal Paz-Fridman

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n/t
Paulo Medeiros

Background imageWires Collection: The principle of the Morse telegraph, 1887

The principle of the Morse telegraph, 1887
3480014 The principle of the Morse telegraph, 1887; (add.info.: The principle of the Morse telegraph, 1887. Thus let E be a fixed electromagnet; the insulated wires of which are attached to the two)

Background imageWires Collection: Wagon carrying equipment for laying telegraph wires, 1854

Wagon carrying equipment for laying telegraph wires, 1854
3479475 Wagon carrying equipment for laying telegraph wires, 1854; (add.info.: Wagon carrying equipment for laying telegraph wires; Crimean war, 1854.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageWires Collection: Young lady paying calls by personal airship among a maze of telegraph and telephone wires

Young lady paying calls by personal airship among a maze of telegraph and telephone wires
531689 Young lady paying calls by personal airship among a maze of telegraph and telephone wires. Robida's idea of world in 1953

Background imageWires Collection: British troops laying down telegraph cable during the Crimean War, 1854

British troops laying down telegraph cable during the Crimean War, 1854
3479666 British troops laying down telegraph cable during the Crimean War, 1854; (add.info.: British troops laying down telegraph cable during the Crimean War, 1854.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageWires Collection: Telephone wires, 1887

Telephone wires, 1887
3479312 Telephone wires, 1887; (add.info.: Telephone wires became more and more of a nuisance as the number of subscribers increased. 8th January 1887.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageWires Collection: Western or Arfak parotia, Parotia sefilata, bird of paradise with six head wires

Western or Arfak parotia, Parotia sefilata, bird of paradise with six head wires
FLO4640441 Western or Arfak parotia, Parotia sefilata, bird of paradise with six head wires. Illustration copied from George Edwards

Background imageWires Collection: Broadway, North from Cortlandt and Maiden Lane, c.1885-87 (color photo-litho)

Broadway, North from Cortlandt and Maiden Lane, c.1885-87 (color photo-litho)
1079520 Broadway, North from Cortlandt and Maiden Lane, c.1885-87 (color photo-litho); Collection of the New-York Historical Society

Background imageWires Collection: Sunset

Sunset
Julija Belickienė

Background imageWires Collection: A Bifilar Pendulum

A Bifilar Pendulum
5308089 A Bifilar Pendulum.; (add.info.: Engraving depicting a Bifilar Pendulum. A Bifilar Pendulum consists of suspending an aircraft from two parallel wires, or filars, that)

Background imageWires Collection: Wagon carrying equipment for laying telegraph wires, 1854

Wagon carrying equipment for laying telegraph wires, 1854
3479665 Wagon carrying equipment for laying telegraph wires, 1854; (add.info.: Wagon carrying equipment for laying telegraph wires; Crimean war, 1854.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageWires Collection: Under the power trees 1

Under the power trees 1
Milan Malovrh

Background imageWires Collection: The android

The android
Daniel Murphy

Background imageWires Collection: wires

wires
Dorothee Lieb

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H
David Haviland

Background imageWires Collection: Music of Light

Music of Light
John Fan

Background imageWires Collection: In pursuit of a living

In pursuit of a living
Prateek Dubey

Background imageWires Collection: Abstract Creature

Abstract Creature
Max Lundén

Background imageWires Collection: Trapped

Trapped
Hafiz Ismail

Background imageWires Collection: spine

spine
Oliver Buchmann



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"Wires: Connecting the World Through Power and Communication" The towering electricity pylon stands tall, a symbol of power coursing through our cities. Bank and shops in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania buzz with energy as wires bring life to every corner. Travel back in time to the 1890s with an advert for Camp Coffee, where wires brought news and flavor together. In the midst of WW2, NFS firefighters train tirelessly at a camp, relying on wires for communication and safety. Doncaster's Clock Corner comes alive with lights strung along overhead wires, guiding us through the night. As the sun sets over snow-covered farmland in Dorset, England, electricity transmission pylons and overhead wires paint a mesmerizing picture of connectivity. From Oran's Rue d Arzew in Algeria to Crickhowell's High Street in Mid Wales - wires unite communities across borders. Harrow Road tram on Route 60 heads towards Paddington station amidst a web of crisscrossing wires that power London's transport system. Lambeth fire station springs into action as their breakdown lorry races through the streets using vital wire-based communication systems. Look up. An upward view reveals a spiral staircase intertwined with electrical wiring - an architectural marvel blending form and function seamlessly. Scene of an accident in Islington street reminds us how essential properly maintained wiring is for public safety. Wires may be hidden from sight most days but they are indispensable threads that weave our modern world together – transmitting power, information, and connecting people near and far.