Weatherproof Electric Power Transmission Cable

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: “300,000 [circular mil] cable, [having] the braids saturated with bituminous compound. These cables are intended for overhead wiring."
Object Name
power cable
cable sample
date made
1897
maker
General Electric Company
Physical Description
copper (overall material)
bituminous compound (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 12 in x 1 in; 30.48 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
EM*181714
catalog number
181714
accession number
33184
maker number
673
subject
American Enterprise
Energy & Power
See more items in
Work and Industry: Electricity
American Enterprise
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
from General Electric Company

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