As of January 27th, you can no longer send a Western Union telegram.

To a certain extent the surprising part is that they were still offering them. Another surprise is that they didn’t try to cash in on nostalgia and make a bigger fuss about it.

Still, it is kind of odd to actually stop and look around and realize just how far things have come. There’s a lot of old Hollywood movies that will feel a bit different now. No more furious exchanges of international telegrams like in Tintin and the Picaros.

But the more things change, the more they stay the same. The message you’re reading was transmitted as 1s and 0s, the functional equivalents of the dots and dashes of Morse Code.