People despair the loss of handwritten letter and the decline of face to face contact due to the infiltration of social media etc. After reading this article I think that people were probably complaining about the very same thing back in 1949 after the sudden rise in the popularity of telegrams. These days everyone uses email, tweets and SMS to communicate, back then they were using telegrams for the same purpose.
I suspect that the telegram craze was mostly about ego, having people delivering messages to you constantly throughout the day would show everyone nearby how important you must be. I wonder if Hollywood developed its own type of shorthand during this telegram craze like the abbreviations making todays short messages like tweets and SMS’s almost illegible?
Can you imagine the exciting tales of encounters with stars that the telegram boys would have had to share? Obviously there was no paparazzi the likes of which we see today. If so, they would have quickly infiltrated the ranks of the delivery boys and had a direct line to the most interesting gossip. I expect that would have put a quick stop to all private gossip and only allowed through the type of information the stars thought would further their careers!
*Before correction, the digital scanning interpreted the name of Harry Gans as the far more amusing Starry Cans. Surely that would be a fantastic stripper name!