Telegrams' fate - STOP (The Demise of Western Union's Telegram)

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If this were a telegram, we'd say: TLGRM DED.

But this is a newspaper, so we'll say this: Western Union sent its final telegram last week, bringing to a close 150 years of shooting messages around the world, of those square message cards, of messenger boys (and later girls) on bikes and in radio cars fanning out across the country to announce births, deaths and everything in between.

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