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Thursday, February 02, 2006

The End of an Era

I just saw THIS and was stunned... an end after 150 years!

A Brief History of the Telegram.

What does this have to do with comic books? Nothing. It just struck me that this service, a pivotal plot device, a bearer of news good and bad, the very first "text messaging" where the sender tries to say a lot with just a few words, was finally at an end. Sure, Western Union will still exist as a wire-transfer service, but that's it for telegrams...

Western Union - Five Americans

Things went wrong today
Bad news came my way
I woke up to find
A wire that blew my mind

Western Union man
Bad news in his hand
Knocking at my door
Selling me the score

Fifteen cents a word to read
A telegram I didn't need
Said she didn't care no more
Think I'll throw it on the floor

Got your cable just today
Killed my groove, I've got to say, hey
(...hey) Western Union

Da-da-da-da-da da-da-da-da-da
Da-da-da-da-da da-da-da-da-da


At 2/02/2006 8:48 PM, Blogger Linnen said...

Didn't even know telegrams still existed. Stop. Hopefully they still use that ticker-tape inside the glass bubble for the stock market. Stop. I used to like that in old movies too. Stop.

That's all. Please send it.

At 2/02/2006 10:14 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...



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