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MAC's Believe It Or Not!
Reprinted from "Crown Jewels of the Wire", February 1988, page 34
An update on last month's column in necessary in light of the information I
received from Morgan Davis. The M.T.CO. "egg cup" pictured on page 31
(January, 1988, issue) belongs to John Dorge of Toronto and not Morgan.
course, Morgan can only dream about that piece being his. Morgan also shares the
following information about the CD 742 embossed "D.T.CO" which stands
for DOMINION TELEGRAPH COMPANY (not telephone): "Dominion Telegraph was
founded in 1870. It was Montreal Telegraph's chief competitor until both outfits
were absorbed by Great Northwestern Telegraph Company in 1881. It is a very
significant link in telephone history in Canada, as the very first phone call
made from Brantford to Paris, Ontario, was over the existing Dominion Telegraph
line in 1876.
I am sure that the same glass house made M.T.CO. and D.T.CO.
insulators. The puzzle here is why have so many M.T.CO.s surfaced and only ONE
D.T.CO. is known so far?
Here's a clue that Robert Lloyd and I put together -- Montreal Telegraph leased its right of way along the railway, while Dominion
Telegraph ran along the public roads. Over the years the railways have changed
little as compared to the roads. So...check those 742's out, especially with
damaged embossing -- that "M" could be a "D."