First, a telegram or telex may be garbled as a result of a failure in operations.
The whispery thin blue aerogrammes have gone the way of the telegram and the telex.
These telegrams were delivered by local boys who received a valued six pence.
Even after Chamberlain became too sick to attend Cabinet Meetings, Churchill had the main telegrams sent to his home where Chamberlain continued to read them until he died.
The reality of his family's poverty finally leaves no option but for Frankie to work, but this time he finds a far better job delivering telegrams for the Post Office.
Her job included sending telegrams about casualties to next of kin.
Over the next few weeks, throwing reserve to the winds, I cajoled interviews, sent telegrams , and wrote letters to every Indian historian of note.
The Queen has sent more than 280,000 telegrams to couples celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.
No one with any sense ever supposed that telephone calls or telegrams or cables were private.
In an era before long distance telephone, they had to send telegrams to Aberdeen with their questions.