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Old 12-20-2018, 08:56 PM
 
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No reason to "wow". Young generation don't know that, nor ever saw a telegram form or how it works. This operation ceased in the mid 80's in most developed countries. Not sure who still use it nowadays.

Here is an example:
Vintage 1962 Telegram from Luigi Chinetti to Bob Estes Ferrari 250 GTE

Some were printed from a machine and pasted on a form, later on they were received by the phone and handwritten on a telegram form.

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Looks like telegrams are still sent and received:
https://www.americantelegram.com/han...xoC8cAQAvD_BwE
Well, I've never seen a muzzle loading cannon or a siege engine, stagecoach, or a Pony Express rider, nor did I ever see a sailing ship until I was an adult, but I certainly knew that these things existed, what they were used for, and at least a little bit about who used them and how they were part of their times.


There are these things called "history books" and "novels" that can provide a remarkable amount of information about times we aren't living in and faraway places. They exist in versions suitable to all ages.
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Old 12-20-2018, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Teach an Fhir Bholg
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The most dreaded man in the early Forties was the one who delivered telegrams.
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Old 12-21-2018, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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the most dreaded man in the early forties was the one who delivered telegrams.
"deeply regret informing you..."
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Old 12-21-2018, 12:38 PM
 
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Well, I've never seen a muzzle loading cannon or a siege engine, stagecoach, or a Pony Express rider, nor did I ever see a sailing ship until I was an adult, but I certainly knew that these things existed, what they were used for, and at least a little bit about who used them and how they were part of their times.


There are these things called "history books" and "novels" that can provide a remarkable amount of information about times we aren't living in and faraway places. They exist in versions suitable to all ages.
https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/ten_thousand.png
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Old 12-21-2018, 02:22 PM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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I believe one of the "Ts" in the name AT&T is telegraph, did you ever use it personally? My understanding is, this was privileged transmission, expensive and only high level people had access to it.
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Yes. I was "exposed" to it many times.
Telegraph is a device used to send telegrams.
Sending and receiving telegrams was expensive but not a privileged transmission for high level people. Telegrams were sent and received at the Post office, and hand delivered by a courier immediately after it was received 24/7
I personally know how to operate a teleprinter. I think that this system in the US was called Telex.

AT&T - American Telephone & Telegraph
^ This.

This is a bit before my time (I do recall seeing telex systems in my dad's office in the 70's), but I'd guess that it wasn't as much as being privileged as something that simply wasn't really needed by the average joe. Telephones have been around for a long time as well and that was more common in household. You really didn't need a text-based communication medium unless it was for official business?

Sort of like pagers I guess. Most people didn't need them. Unless you were a doctor... or drug dealer .
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Old 12-21-2018, 09:43 PM
 
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I have had a goal all my life: Learn at least one new thing every day.
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Old 12-22-2018, 12:23 AM
 
Location: 10110001010110100
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I have had a goal all my life: Learn at least one new thing every day.
As long as you are learning faster than you are forgetting, any new thing learned should be a win!


My first and only telegram was to my parents asking for money when I was at a remote town in my freshman year in junior high (early 80s).
My dad must have kept it because when he passed away in 2005, my sister found and brought it with her. It was a trip to see it after all those years.
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Old 12-22-2018, 12:39 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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The most dreaded man in the early Forties was the one who delivered telegrams.
Yeah. Telegrams we're usually associated with bad news...
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Old 12-22-2018, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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I worked in a location that had a teletype. Basically a typewriter operated by a phone line. A box of paper was on the floor, like a dot matrix printer, that typed messages all day on 4 part paper with carbon paper. We could always tell when info was being manually typed because it was slow like me typing this.
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Old 12-27-2018, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Yeah. Telegrams we're usually associated with bad news...
"Candy Gram for Mr. Mongo"
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