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Old 10-17-2019, 05:25 AM
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Light hearted topic to get away from the serious stuff.
Got a text from my daughter,had to google an abbreviation she used.

Mentioned this to my 82y.o. mother.I think telegrams charged by the letter,so people kept them short.
She said she never sent or got one,and wasn't sure if she ever saw one.

I see it in old movies,and read about them in old books.

Just curious how common they were,and if "common" people used them much?

I'm guessing military families got them,never a good thing,and mainly businesses.
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https://www.cbsnews.com/news/last-te...-sent-july-14/

I was shocked to see that telegrams just recently went out of service. I would have thought that the service went extinct decades ago.

Never sent/received one myself.
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I worked in an auto repair shop right out of HS that shared a building with a Western Union telegraph station. It was touted as the last one in the area and it did a good business, this was in 1973.

Long story made short, the guy I worked for owed everybody in the world $$, including me. He torched his shop for the insurance and the fire took out Western Union as well.
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Yeah, I've seen a couple of them back in the 60's and that's when they delivered them. They were for my dad, so I didn't get to read them.. Beyone that, no..
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I think about all you see these days are Moneygrams via Walmart or maybe a bank. I'm 67 now, but I recall my Mom getting a telegram when we had no phone and personal computers were not even on the market yet, as we know of them today. My grandmother passed on and all it said was "Call (number)", so I think you're right about the "by letter" charge.
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I’ve seen and handed one. I had an uncle in serving in Germany and he sent one to my dad here. I wish I knew what happened to it I’d be something to show the kids now.
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I have used Telex, which is sort of a private telegram. It was the early 80s last time I sent or received one.

Sent from my XT1650 using Tapatalk
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I have used Telex, which is sort of a private telegram. It was the early 80s last time I sent or received one.

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This goes back to 1982 or so, at work we had certain very early main-frame computers used for telex communications. They had some big funky external modem on them.

I've seen old telegrams, and I guess it was charged by the word or letter. Most messages I have seen were only a few words.
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There is still one company that does Telegrams. Sendtelegrams.com . I was on their site playing around, it cost's $29 for me to send 6 letter telegram, 4 day delivery to the Bahamas.

They actually still have some use,

canceling contracts is their number one use, I assume it is because of proof of delivery, although I don't know how they are better than signature confirmation through other mail services.

Reaching military post offices is their second biggest use.

Getting messages to people on cruse ships is another use for it.

I would also assume a fair amount of their business is just the nostalgic part of it.
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Ive seen and handed one. I had an uncle in serving in Germany and he sent one to my dad here. I wish I knew what happened to it Id be something to show the kids now.
Same - My aunt sent my dad one in early 60's making arrangements to come home from Japan on leave to surprise my grandma.
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early '70s at my grandparents
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My granny still has a telegram that she got when my grandpa's squad was overrun during Tet in Vietnam. They were living outside Camp Jejeune when a chaplain brought it to her. When I was in the Marines I asked the base chaplain why they would tell my granny that my grandpa was MIA, and also give her a telegram. He said that the telegram made the notification official, so no notification could take place without one.
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Never sent one. Never received one. Never saw an actual place where you could do either.

Do have the actual one my grandmother received telling her my grandfather was KIA in WWII in the Philippines
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I've never sent a telegram, but I used to use a thing called an "Aerogram" It was a single piece of paper that folded into its own envelope and had pre-printed postage on it.

It was a cheap way to send a single-page letter overseas, and I used to use them to stay in touch with friends I'd made in Germany when I was stationed there.

Apparently, the US Postal Service discontinued Aerograms in 2006.
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I got a happy 10th birthday telegram from my uncle who was in Morocco at the time. That's the only one I ever got. I have a small stack that my father sent my mother when he was deployed in Guam and later Korea. GI's got a discount. Over seas airmail letters were 7cents and telegrams were 4 cents for 4 lines (Korea era). By Viet Nam airmail into the zone was 12 cents and out was still 7 cents for GI's but they had discontinued telegrams. All in all that was expensive since in-country letters were 5 cents at the time. "Penny" post cards were 2 cents by the time I was old enough to notice.
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I remember my mum getting one telling her that my dad was stuck somewhere off Norway due to bad weather.
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just read about them in Alas, Babylon.
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I have sent a few and received a few back in the day. But not since around 1970.
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How much did they charge?
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An uncle set me one in the 1950s. It said happy birthday.
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