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There was a time when the sight of a Western Union delivery boy coming up the walk filled Americans with a sense of excitement or trepidation. Between its invention in the mid-nineteenth century and its post-1960s relegation to money transfer and congratulations, the telegraph served as the primary medium for urgent messages. Telegram! collects the most poignant and revealing examples of this earliest form of instant communication.Organized into categories such as “Parents and Children,” “Hoo…

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Prior to the invention of the telephone, did people send “prank telegrams”? Were there ever any “prank pigeon” messages?(r/AskHistorians)

The New York Times had a good article published in 2006 that contains a number of amusing telegrams, largely collected from the book “Telegram!” by Linda Rosenkrantz. A few favourites are:

>Western Union charged by the word, turning the loquacious terse, and sometimes ambiguous. A reporter asked the actor Cary Grant about his age. > >HOW OLD CARY GRANT? > >The actor supposedly replied: > >OLD CARY GRANT FINE. HOW YOU?

And

>Both Mark Twain and Arthur Conan Doyle supposedly sent similar telegrams to a dozen prominent men, all of whom packed up and left town immediately.

>FLEE AT ONCE — ALL IS DISCOVERED.

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Paperback

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ABIS_BOOK

Book Author

Linda Rosenkrantz

Book Edition

2nd Rep

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Owl Books (NY)

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