A Mailgram is
|“||a type of telegraphic message which is transmitted electronically from the sender to a post office and then printed and delivered to the recipient via postal means.||”|
|“||The customer inputs his message by either telephoning Western Union, supplying it magnetic tapes or discs, or by using his own Telex/TWX equipment. The cost is $1 to $2.80 for a message of 50 words or less. Western Union processes and transmits the message to a postal installation for next business day delivery. Western Union is responsible for accepting, processing, and transmitting the message while the Service is responsible for printing, enveloping, and delivering the output.||”|
The advantage of a Mailgram over postal mail was speed and verifiability of transmission; they were widely used in official notifications and legal transactions. Their advantage over full-rate telegrams was lower cost while still maintaining the look and feel of an important Western Union Telegram. The Mailgram quickly became a widely-used medium for business-to-consumer communications.
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