“My feet are swollen. I couldn’t shop. That’s how Mrs. Urban sent a vital message to her fiancé in István Örkény’s silly drama, In the cat play. It was only like this for two weeks Can do, Because the telegram vanished, which, let’s face it, surprised many. I mean, it could have been around until now at all.
In 1847, it began as a revolutionary service in Hungary as well. Everyone in the world knew that much depended on the rapid delivery of news.
For example, the evolution of history.
This was the third year of World War I, when in 1917 the Germans sent a telegram to Mexico. It described their intention to wage unrestricted submarine warfare to destroy supplies of ammunition and raw materials from America to Europe. If the United States takes this in a sock and goes to war, it will ask Mexico to attack the United States. In return, they promised generous financial aid and full support to Mexico to take back Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.
The encrypted cable was intercepted by the English language and decoded. America entered the war and decided that.
It has been a very important and indispensable format for transmitting information for 150 years.
And we stood by his side until the end.
In Germany, for example, it was abandoned in the early 2000’s, and even then it had no priority at all. It was placed between the common field sheets and delivered with them. Thus, if we want, for example, to notify someone of our arrival, we often arrive earlier than is urgently needed.
It has always been a priority with us. Over a period of thirty years, around 8 million telegrams were distributed by postmen in Hungary every year. However, in five years there are only fifty thousand, in 2020 there are 23 thousand. That is, 63 people gave up every day, most of them in the older age group who are not moving at home in the world of emails and smartphones. They were able to send personal telegrams from 2,600 post offices.
A constant nostalgia here, stuck there, in the world of the internet and mobile phones
It is a great way to convey urgent messages.
After all, with the touch of a button, we can actually send any message, anywhere, to anyone. And cheaper than the telegraph. In the past, you had to pay for every word, but now you have to pay for every page. The first page costs 3,650 Ft, which is the price of a nice pepper compared to an email, SMS, or some kind of chat message. It is true that you do not need an internet connection or a phone.
However, it took some practice to read a regular telegram, because for a long time Morse-ABC betuuit ees szams have been used to mark iriraas keveesbee stop peeldaaul no stop. That’s why I had to Stop. Many may remember the feeling of decoding a message with trembling hands. This is because in most cases the telegram was bringing bad news.
So generations have known about the horror of the telegram and the fear of the bell that comes with it.
When the postman called and announced that he had brought a telegram, he must sign here.
The way it happens is orkine age In his article. It is true that the postman loves Toth so much that he only conveys the good news. The fact that the children of Gyula died in the war is not. Instead, it tears apart the message. This became the dramatic starting point for the work and the movie it was made of (Welcome, Raed!, Directed by Zoltan Fabry, and starring Zoltan-Latinovitz). The spectator knows what Tótek is doing, who seeks the blessing of the mad major who visits him in order to treat the boys well in the military.
He raced very quickly, then stopped suddenly
Telegrams can be mailed in person or over the phone and delivered within six hours and at an additional cost within four hours. Even at night. It was sent first to the post office closest to the addressee, by telegraph (Morse Telegraph, text sent in a series of electrical pulses), by telephone, and then by some electronic means.
Up to this point, this medium has been unbeatable, and will remain steadfast today. But then the rapid momentum ran out,
Because it was printed and put in an envelope.
The wind-blown message has progressed to a simple leaf juice. The postman or postman picked up the overtaking urge and walked to the said address, then rang the bell.
And if we’re lucky, bring a decorative telegram. good news. From now on, it won’t.
(Cover photo: An American telegram actor in a 1924 American movie scene. Photo: John Coball Foundation / Getty Images)