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Maker:
General Electric Company  Search this
Physical Description:
copper (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 12 in x 1.125 cm; 30.48 cm x 7/16 in
Object Name:
power cable
cable sample
Date made:
1897
Description (Brief):
The cables needed to transmit electrical power may seem simple but are actually complex technological artifacts. Cables are designed for many different applications, for example, indoor or outdoor use. This power cable was described by GE engineer William Clark in 1898 as follows: “500,000 [circular mil] cable, 3/32" rubber insulation, braided. [This cable is] for general use in interior wiring."
Credit Line:
from General Electric Company
ID Number:
EM.181711
Catalog number:
181711
Accession number:
33184
Maker number:
670
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Work and Industry: Electricity
American Enterprise
Energy & Power
Exhibition:
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_709358