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World wiring, ca. 1891
A telegram sent for christmas, in 1951

A telegram (Greek tele: distant and gramma: letter) is a written message transmitted by using an electric device. The message was carried along wires, and the text written or printed and delivered by hand or teleprinter.

Telegrams were very widely used, but are now not useful because most people use telephones and e-mail. The idea was developed by the British Post Office as a service for urgent letters.

The last telegram service, which was placed in India, closed on 15 July 9:00 pm 2013. On this last day, many people sent one last telegram. The first telegram service was started in 1851 in British India.

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The dictionary definition of telegram at Wiktionary