Electric telegraphy is form of communication which began consistent and worldwide innovation in the 1830’s. If you have ever watched an old movie, it was the classic way to send word of a scene changing moment. Telegrams brought tragic news of a loved one to a family or portrayed a swoony leading man providing the details for a dinner date to his leading woman.
The word “telegraphic” actually means “short” or “terse”. It was initially an unemotional way to send the facts, in a quick and direct nature that initially utilized morse code for practical purposes. Innovators and scientists throughout the world can be credited for creating this early form of communication. So many developments in such a short period of time were born of this invention, starting from beekers with coils and chemicals to ultimately creating the earliest form of fax machines. Though we use telegraphy today, through higher technological avenues such as e-mail or text messaging, the first telegraphy outlet was quite slower and delayed any sort of immediate response.
Though the traditional paper telegram business has gone by the wayside, there are now websites that allow you to join in on the old-fashioned fun. Just as there is something special about receiving an unelectronic birthday card in the mail, it can be exciting to experience something like a telegram, which was such a common and relevant piece of communication for well over a hundred years.
Check out http://telegramstop.com/which allows you to recreate the traditional telegram. Having used them myself, I was quite impressed with their effort to make it look quite authentic. For those of you who are just simply too high tech, they also have an iPhone app. Though they did raise their price in the last few weeks, for $6.45 it’ll make you want to pack your steam trunk and hop a train into the past.
Sample courtesy of Telegramstop.com
I’m in my late 20’s, though some would say I’m closer to 80. Strange as it sounds, I take that as a compliment. I’m not in a wheelchair yet or anything, but there’s something to be said about our Grandparents’ generation. They were self-reliant, but the world around them still managed to flourish, what does that say about our society today? Mom and Pop stores succeeded, though we didn’t consume as much product, have mounds of plastic junk or utilize as many paid services. Things just worked. Something to ponder about the simplicity of life.
Thanks to my parents, Grandmothers and Great-Grandmom, I was raised with the gift of knowledge. Beyond the recipes and cooking lessons, there are so many wonderful things I’m proud to know, like being able to hem my own jeans or finding new uses for things most people would toss. No, I don’t have time to do everything I’ve been taught or to do everything the old-fashioned way, but I know that as time goes on and no matter what happens, I can keep my home going.
I’m lucky because my husband is the same way. He grew up on a farm, and has a self-reliant mindset, which is one of the reasons I believe we get along so well. We appreciate the rewards of putting in hard work, in the form of vegetables we eat all summer from our garden or the pride when we get compliments on something we’ve restored in our home. Sure, it would be really simple to go buy all new things and throw away all the old stuff, but we choose not to. A sheet of sandpaper and a coat of paint can work miracles.
My goal is to start utilizing more of the “old-fashioned” ways of life that I’ve learned, in our lives today. I’ll use tricks from my family and seek out new ones and chronicle what works, and what is worth the effort. I’ll take a guess that the hardest part will be finding the time, but I foresee the rewards will be great. Maybe if I call my ideas “vintage”, it’ll become popular…