There is one piece of technology that I miss and wish it would be still used the way it was used when I was younger. Telegrams, I wish this service would be still around and used, maybe not on an everyday base, but for special occasions.
I grew up at a time when people send telegrams, often for birthdays and other celebrations. It wasn’t an everyday thing, it was very special and extraordinary. Telegrams were paid by word, so they were short and sweet, often just interrupted by the word -stop- in the middle.
My husband and I met in Europe over 30 years ago, when he was stationed there. We fell head over heels in love and then he went back home. We needed to communicate and our option were limited then. There were no cell phones, no emails and the computer was still in the making.
Calling the U.S. via international operator was not just pricey; it was although a lottery game. The reception was terrible and we were yelling into phone, thinking our voices would travel further that way. Using the phone for oversea calls was just not an option, it wasn’t in our budget. We wrote airmail letters back and forth.
I just noticed that the young readers here won’t even know what I am talking about. Airmail letter were written on thin, see-trough paper, kinda like tissue paper. The idea was to write really tiny and small and not to leave any margins, so we could communicate back and forth with just one or two sheets. The envelopes were small and lightweight as well. It was affordable, but I don’t know what kind of airplanes they used…because it took forever.
Whenever something was urgent, we used telegrams. We went to the post office and sent each other telegrams, only containing short information’s. “ILY -stop- arrive 3 pm Tuesday.” ( ILY was short for I Love you) or we just send short information like “arrived safe” to let the other know everything was alright. Then one day, there was a special telegram “Lets get married -stop- Love you”. It was delivered Sunday in the morning, even though the post office was officially closed. Telegrams were indeed special, they were urgent and the delivery couldn’t wait. Rain or shine, weekday or weekend, they were always delivered immediately.
Telegrams just disappeared. Modern technology didn’t need them anymore and “poof” without any announcements they were gone. I wish they would have made it public, because I would have taken the chance and would have send my husband one more telegram on a special day, like our 30 wedding anniversary. I would have loved to use this service one more time.
I am little bit saddened knowing, that the younger generations will never know, how it felt to have a telegram delivered. It was special, very very special!
Of all the technologies that have gone extinct in your lifetime, which one do you miss the most?