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From the 1800s to today: The world's oldest technology companies

When did the age of computing start? Was it the code-breaking Colossus, built in the 1940s? Try the  mid-1800s. Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine may never have been built in his lifetime, but the Babbage Difference Engine was the first example of a computer.

What about the time of technology companies? IBM, founded 1911 is generally known for its transformation from tabulation machines under the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR) name before evolving into the technology giant it is today. But again, no. The Electric Telegraph Company was the world's first public telegraph company and founded in 1846. Today we know it as BT.

Tommy Flowers, inventor of Colossus, is not as well-known as he ought to be… We look at why in: Tommy Flowers: The Forgotten Father of Computing?

Here are the other technology companies that began trading in the 1800s and have survived to today.

 

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