When Telegrams Ruled American Communications

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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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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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