Communication has come a long way

2008-05-09 00:00

A few months ago when I was speaking to some 13-year-olds I mentioned the word “telegram”, and realised that some of them, in an age of e-mails, cellphones and text messages, might not know what that was.

Your message was typed out in the telegraph office and came through at the other end on a narrow strip of paper, like the ticker tape in a stockbroker’s office. The receiving office snipped it up into convenient lengths, pasted it on to a form, put it in an orange envelope and it was ready for delivery. If you lived in a city or town, a telegram would be brought to you by a telegraph messenger. If not, it was read out to you over the phone and the envelope would follow in due course by ordinary mail. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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