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Just as when you thought it was safe, out comes yet another announcement of a photo archive going online. This time it's from BT. Yes, British Telecoms.

Over 1,000 historic BT Archive images from the 1860s onwards can now be downloaded thanks to Telefocus - the new BT Archives Image Gallery. It’s the first time the images have been open to the public online. The gallery offers a fascinating insight into the history of telecommunications through images, including the oldest image in the collection of a Birmingham telegraph lineman complete with top hat which was used to keep his tools in - circa 1860.

Further information can be found here and here.

At this rate, British Gas might be next - if so, don't forget to tell Sid about it ...

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Comment by Michael Wong on May 18, 2010 at 9:59
Here's the oldest photo in the BT archives - the Birmingham telegraph lineman:

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