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January 27, 2006: Western Union discontinued Telegram and Commercial Messanging services


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Jeffrey Powers

Madison, WI

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January 27, 2006: Western Union discontinued Telegram and Commercial Messanging services

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2006- Founded in 1851, Western Union was responsible for getting the important messages from point A to B. Whether through telegram or commercial messaging, Western Union was synonymous with the service. But on January 27, 2006, that all ended. As Western Union wrote:

“Effective 2006-01-27, 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.”


Wikazine – Full show notes for January 27


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