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Telegram! Modern History as Told Through More than 400 Witty, Poignant, and Revealing Telegrams

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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 reveal ...more
Hardcover, 207 pages
Published November 11th 2003 by Henry Holt and Co.
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Nicole
May 08, 2014 Nicole rated it really liked it
An absolutely fascinating read. I'm pretty sure telegrams were the old school equivalent of tweets. There are some wonderful witticisms in here, as well as history-altering declarations, earnest love lines and biting bits of sarcasm, all backed up with clear historical background. There is a bit of a disconnect between the parts of the book here, the first section is a straightforward 'best of Western Union' if you will, the second part basically tells modern history through the lens of the mome ...more
Meaghan
Apr 28, 2010 Meaghan rated it really liked it
Quite an interesting and often amusing book. It covers the role of the telegraph (the old timey equivalent of a text message or email) in American history, with over 400 examples of real telegrams sent by various famous people. I had never thought much about the telegraph before, but this book underscores just how significant it was up through the 1960s. I confess I preferred the first half of the book, which had the shorter and funnier telegrams, to the second half, which concerned the telegrap ...more
Wendy Quest
Jan 19, 2016 Wendy Quest rated it it was amazing
Shelves: research, nonfiction
This was a really neat guide to the invention and integration of the telegraph into American society. The actual telegrams that were sent are fascinating. Great reference guide.
Shannon
Apr 28, 2009 Shannon rated it really liked it
This isn't one of those "can't put it down" books, but it was still very interesting.
Julie
Jan 08, 2009 Julie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: history buffs
Recommended to Julie by: Dad
Shelves: non-fiction, history, 2011
Got this from my dad, and ended up passing it back to my mom who uses some of the telegrams as primary sources in a project with her library classes. It was a quick, interesting read.
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