Electric Power Transmission Cable for Interior Use

Electric Power Transmission Cable for Interior Use

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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."
Object Name
power cable
cable sample
Other Terms
cable sample; Cables and Wires; Power
date made
1897
maker
General Electric Company
Physical Description
copper (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 12 in x 1.125 cm; 30.48 cm x 7/16 in
ID Number
EM.181711
catalog number
181711
accession number
33184
maker number
670
Credit Line
from General Electric Company
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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
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