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End of Western Union Telegrams 2006 On January 27, 2006, Western Union ended more than 150 years of telegram service. Beginning in 1854, the company began transmitting and transcribing telegraphed messages and delivering them to customers across the country. They heyday of the telegram was in the 1920s and 1930s when sending a message by telegraph was cheaper than making a long-distance telephone call. The word 'stop' was commonly used in the text of telegrams to end a sentence instead of a period because it was cheaper to send a four-letter word than a punctuation mark. Telegrams were often used for formal notifications and announcements, such as the one below to inform the recipient that he would share the 1958 Nobel Prize for Medicine/Physiology. During the Second World War, Western Union couriers were feared because they delivered official death notices to the families of servicemen. Eventually technology made telegrams obsolete and anachronistic. Only about 20,000 telegrams were sent in 2005, mostly by companies that were required to send legal notifications. On that final day of service, ten telegrams were delivered. They included a congratulatory message, a sympathy message, and, of course, a handful of messages from people who were trying to make history by sending the final Western Union telegram. Today Western Union exists only as a company that handles money transfers.
Tags: last  telegram  Western  Union  communications 
Added: 9th March 2010
Views: 3337
Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2010-03-09 
One of the great voids in my life: I never once sent a telegram nor received one. (Sigh!)
Posted by: Classico on 2010-03-09 
Ha! I was going to write the same thing!
Posted by: Pfc on 2010-03-10 
In light of the latest Nobel Peace Prize this would have to be considered a funny page!
Posted by: eric1957 on 2010-03-10 
Remember Candygrams?
Posted by: Carl1957 on 2010-03-11 
Remember Stripper-Grams? Never got one of those.
Posted by: Steve on 2010-03-11 
I remember in the 70s I kept wondering who sent telegrams in this day and age. I wonder what the kids today are trying to figure out what is still in business that shouldn't.
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