Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Death of the Telegram

Telegram from George Burns to Bob Hope, 1991.  Library of Congress


According to Fox News, on July 14, 2013, India will signal the end of an era by sending the last telegram.  Text messaging has rendered the iconic telegram obsolete.  When I think of telegrams I think of bad news.  At one time this was the quickest way to notify family members that a tragedy had occurred.  During war time people dreaded seeing the telegram delivery boy.  I opted to post an image of a funny telegram instead.

The first telegram was sent by Samuel Morse 144 years ago and was an important form of communication in our country’s history.  I wonder what Samuel would have thought about text messaging.

[Samuel F.B. Morse, three-quarter-length portrait, seated, facing front, posed with a camera and glass plate negatives]

Samuel F. B. Morse, 1872, Library of Congress


Copyright © 2013 Michele Simmons Lewis

3 comments:

  1. Just think about it, without the invention of the telegragh, there may never have been the text message. So you could say Morse was the Father of text messaging.

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  2. Just think about it, without the invention of the telegragh, there may never have been the text message. So you could say Morse was the Father of text messaging.

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