Telegraphy

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International Telegraph Systems

Communication is one of the most important things we carry out every day in our lives. The transfer of information from one individual to another happens so often that it becomes second nature. With the technology we have today it’s gotten even easier. Through the use of telephone, internet, television, text messaging, and radio transmission the exchange of data across the entire world has become almost seamless and common to us. However things were not so easy in the past and rapid advancements in technology are what brought us into today’s ease of access lifestyle. The telegraph was by far one of the most influential and necessary means of communications crafted which has helped us more than we realize.

First we should look into what a telegraph is and how it works to better understand its development and accessibility. Telegraph is a long-distance transfer of messages with a physical exchange. An example of what isn’t a method of telegraph would be something like sending mail trough a carrier to another person. With telegraphy you encode a message that is both know to the sender and receiver, such as “Morse Code”, named after the man who developed the system of dots and dashes used to represent letters of the alphabet. Other forms of telegraphy in the early days involved things you could only see, like the beacon of a light house, a smoke signal, or reflected lights. These are very far steps away from what usually think when it comes to telegraphy.

Telegraphy is important to communications for a number of reasons, but by far I think its greatest use was in the fact that it was instant. Regardless of whether it was through an optical telegraph or an electrical one, the main driving force is that whatever message you were trying to convey, was gotten to your receiver the moment they either see or hear it. The other methods of communication over a large distance usually involved the pony-express or carrier...
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