I have received many telegrams when I was younger and even sent them!! Regarding the Singing Telegrams though....these still can be booked and are so much fun!!! Good Clean Fun!!! I am NOT talking about today's Strip-o-grams,but the real,old fashioned Singing Telegrams which were usually sent to wish Happy Birthday to someone with a song!!!
I not only remember them, but have used them many many times.
I loved them, they always found the person and I even sent one to my husband who was in the Navy, when nothing else would get thru.
It was in code, that only we knew....but he still got it!
Sadly they had more bad news than good, due to the War.
Every womans nightmare to get one.I remember my Mother telling me.
I certainly know what a telegram is and as part of a history project built and operated a telegram machine but they were not in real use during my lifetime.
I know how important they used to be though.
Yes - I remember my mum telling me about receiving the telegram informing her my airman father had been listed as "missing - presumed killed" during the war. I was 10 days old so I can't imagine the horror she went through as a young widow of 20. She said everyone dreaded the sight of the telegram boy on his bike riding down your street.
I have happier memories of telegrams - they used to be read out by the best man at weddings and I can remember the ones my husband and I received.
Never used them, before my time — seen them mentioned in a few movies from early last century, and we have a network of 'telegraph poles' (which now carry mainly electricity and HFC tv/internet cables) across australia.
I still have my 3 or 4 wedding telegrams, in the front of our wedding (photo) album. We felt very important having them read out at our wedding reception, 47 years,1 month & 4 days ago, as I write this!