The telegram: Notable moments

Updated 1439 GMT (2239 HKT) July 15, 2013
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A derelict name board for the Bangalore Telegraph office lies on the ground outside the premises in Bangalore, India, on June 13, 2013. On July 15, 2013, the Indian government will discontinue the 162-year-old service. Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images
An employee displays an antique telegraph transmitter key (right), which the operator used to send messages via Morse Code, and a telegraph receiver (left). Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images
Indian telegram messenger Om Dutt, 56, wheels his bicycle at the Central Telegraph Office in New Delhi. BSNL said their telegram messengers will be transferred to their landline, mobile and broadband departments. SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images
Employees feed in telegram messages onto computers to be sent via telegram in Bangalore on June 13. Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images
Rubber stamps at the Central Telegraph Office in New Delhi on July 10. SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images
A handwritten telegram from Abraham Lincoln to General McClellan during the American Civil War is seen at Sotheby's auction house on April 8, 2010 in New York. Lincoln tells McClellan in the telegram that " must either attack Richmond, or give up the job and come to the defense of Washington." Chris Hondros/Getty Images
A handwritten note from Marilyn Monroe to Marlon Brando and his return telegram are on display at Bonhams & Butterfields auction house in Los Angeles, California, on December 14, 2006. The note from Marilyn read: "Dear Marlon, I need your opinion about a plan... please phone me as soon as possible. Time is of the essence, Marilyn." ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
A telegram sent by actor Cary Grant to the late Sophia Loren is on display at the exhibition "Scicolone, Lazzaro, Loren" dedicated to the career of the Italian actress, at the Vittoriano on April 6, 2006 in Rome, Italy. Photo Press Office Provincia Roma via Getty Images
A telegram to a jailed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from boxer Muhammad Ali is displayed at Sotheby's auction house on June 21, 2006 in New York City. The collection included more than 10,000 manuscripts and books from the most active years of Dr. King's life, from 1946 to 1968. Mario Tama/Getty Images
An original Western Union telegram from Louis Armstrong is seen at the new headquarters of Jazz at Lincoln Center on February 17, 2005 in New York City. Mario Tama/Getty Images
A telegram to Dr. Martin Luther King from Robert F. Kennedy invites King to attend the funeral services for President Kennedy and was on display at Sotheby's in New York City on August 28, 2003. Stephen Chernin/Getty Images
March 23, 1954: American singer Nat King Cole (1919 - 1965) reads congratulatory telegrams with comedian Henny Youngman after the success of their debut at the London Palladium. Monty Fresco Jnr/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images
General Post Office workers circa 1952 transmit and receive telegram messages over the phone, transcribing them directly by means of a typewriter. Evening Standard/Getty Images
A telegram stall on a city street on 11 January, 1941. Keystone/Getty Images
A soldier uses a comrade's hat to lean on as he writes a telegram home circa 1940. Fox Photos/Getty Images
A telegram operator receives a ticker tape message at a Cable & Wireless office circa 1938. Chaloner Woods/Getty Images
Telegraph boys line up to receive telegrams for delivery at the Central Telegraph Office in London, where 50,000,000 telegrams were processed every year. The telegram service stopped operating in the UK in 1982. Topical Press Agency/Getty Images
1909: American Robert E Peary's famous telegram that read: "Stars and stripes nailed to the North Pole." The picture is copied from The New York Times. Hulton Archive/Getty Images