telegrams no more. Stop. India to send world’s last message July 14
So, the last telegram in the world will be send in India on 14 July 2013.
Today telegrams have become largely irrelevant as a means of electronic communication although I am sure that the Indian rural communities will still miss it. I noted today that my eldest son, now having reached his thirties, had never seen a telegram. I can remember a couple from my childhood.
I can also remember that as I was born 9 years after the end of World War 2 and a year after an armistice in the Korean War, that to my parents and grandparents a telegram was something to be dreaded as it inevitably brought with it bad news. The loss of a son or husband in action was the usual message, or the fact that they were missing and their whereabouts were unknown. Good news telegrams were generally that he had been wounded and was in hospital. In any case, it was almost always dread news.
Good news was sent by letter between people but bad news was sent by telegram. The news and government services were, of course, the exception, in that they were reporting events – some good and some bad.
So, that harbinger of doom, the telegram, ceases in a few weeks time.
REGRET TO INFORM TELEGRAM DECEASED STOP
PROVIDED WONDERFUL SERVICE STOP
HAS BEEN REPLACED BY MODERN COMMUNICATIONS STOP
AVE TELEGRAM STOP