Western Union Telegraph: End of an Era
Western Union inaugurated telegram service in 1861 and it continued without interruption, bringing everything from glad tidings to terrible news, until 2006, when the company posted this terse notice on its website:
"Effective January 27, 2006, Western Union will discontinue all Telegram and Commercial Messaging services. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you, and we thank you for your loyal patronage. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a customer service representative."