Telegram Order Forms
Vintage Telegram Order Forms from 1930's through
If a customer could not come up with their own Telegram message,
these forms let them select from pre-written ones . . .
Postal Telegraph Golden Gate Expo, 1939. Available at the California Golden
Gate International Exposition. Short messages so visitors could announce their attendance to family and friends, for 25¢. Text Messaging, 75 years ago!
Postal Telegraph Holiday Greetings, ~1935. Postal Telegraph was playing 2nd fiddle to Western Union, so it tried harder with
more colorful order forms.
Western Union Santa-Gram, 1959. Very 1950's looking. Notice they are asking for the sender's phone number at the
Western Union Santa-Gram, 1967. By 1967, Western Union was struggling
to keep going, as telephone calls were getting cheaper, and cutting in on the Telegram business. At the bottom of the form they are promoting their DollyGrams and CandyGrams, as options too.
Western Union St. Valentine's Day, 1937. Pick a greeting, like # 211 "With a dash, a dot and then a stop..." or
write your own on the back. A 35¢ 15-word telegram in 1937 would cost $10.70 today, when adjusted for the rise in the price of gold since then.
The telegram message was printed on the same colorful paper and was delivered in a
matching image envelope.
Western Union Thanksgiving, 1948. The imagery was of the ideal family,
something to strive for.
Postal Telegraph Thanksgiving, ~1936. Postal Telegraph, still trying harder with their colorful order forms. Note at
bottom left says: "You may also send money, flowers, cigars, candy, books, and other gifts..."
Postal Telegraph Bon Voyage, ~1938. The colors and layout, almost made you want to also be on the voyage too.
Send something original today . . .