When Telegrams Ruled American Communications

By Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg

This 1950s promotional documentary by Western Union celebrates the telegram's role in American society. From baseball games to the Senate press room, from banks to natural disaster areas, Western Union's telegram networks were the original information super highway. This is an excerpt from the 20-minute film, which can be viewed in its entirety at the Prelinger Archive

For more films from the Prelinger Archive, visit http://www.archive.org/details/prelinger.

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