Alan Spencer has sent two interesting pieces of information:
Last day of use Telegram This telegram (below) was issued on the last day of the Telegram service, Saturday 1st October 1982 – coincidently my late fathers’ birthday.
The telegram was issued at, what was then, the main Birmingham Post Office in Victoria Square. The Counter clerk was very reluctant to issue a Telegram as they were being discontinued. It took me nearly 15 minutes for me to persuade him that I really did want to send a telegram but eventually I was successful!
Last Edit: Apr 20, 2009 18:31:53 GMT by Matt James
Private Telegraph Companies The Universal Private Telegraph Company. This Company owned the telegraph line from Glasgow to Helensburgh known as the West Highland Telegraph. It was taken over by the GPO in 1868.
These receipt labels wetre printed by Waterlow & Sons in 1864. The stamp on the right has an error where the end letter is “n” instead of “h”.
The London & Provincial Telegraph Company. A receipt date 12th May 1869. The majority of private Telegraph Companies were taken over by the Post Office in July 1869.