India taps out last telegram

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    A telegram sent by actor Cary Grant to Sophia Loren.

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    Telegraph boys line up to receive telegrams for delivery at the Central Telegraph Office GPO in London, England in 1932, where 50,000,000 telegrams were processed every year.

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    A worker at the telegraph office receiving a telegram over the phone and transcribing it directly by means of a typewriter in 1932.

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    A telegraph operator receiving a ticker tape message at a Cable & Wireless office in 1938.

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    General Post Office workers transmit and receive telegram messages over the phone, transcribing them directly by means of a typewriter circa 1952.

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    An employee sorts incoming telegrams printed on a continuous sheet of paper at a telecommunications office in Bangalore on June 13, 2013.

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The communication technology that started beeping in 1844 has only a few more chirps before the country that uses it the most hits full stop. On Sunday, India's last official telegram will be sent from state owned telecom company BSNL, cutting the cord of an old technology that was the fastest way to communicate before landlines, mobile phones and email.

The BBC's Rahul Tandon joins Marketplace's Mark Garrison from Calcutta to discuss. Click on the audio player above to hear more.


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