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A once-popular system of telecommunications, in which the sender would contact the telegram service and speak their message over the phone. The person taking the message would then send it, via a teletype machine, to a telegram office near the receiver's address. The message would then be hand-delivered to the addressee. From 1851 until it discontinued the service in 2006, Western Union was the best-known telegram service in the world.
Hey, let's send Mom a telegram for her birthday! She just loves receiving that little yellow envelope.
by PBM19 January 13, 2008