Musing on this resemblance, we've pulled some items from the San Francisco History Center and Book Arts & Special Collections to examine here.
|Telegram to the SFPD, March 6, 1931|
Here's a more personal telegram to traveler and book collector Nat Schmulowitz, father of the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor (SCOWAH) here in Book Arts & Special Collections:
|Telegram from Nat Schmulowitz's scrapbook "Europe 1950"|
That "END ONE" at the bottom means "end of page one;" the telegram continues on a second sheet because there is no 140 character limit. It's stapled in, so we can't picture it here (staples are those offline bits of metal that hold papers together). To put it even more in its literal context, the telegram is stapled into a travel scrapbook Nat kept to document his trip to Europe.
Also in SCOWAH are two books about telegrams, one about the etiquette (not yet netiquette) of telegrams:
Book cover, Tested Telegrams and How to Write Them
|Title page of Lightning Flashes and Electric Dashes|
|Telegram, May 2, 1906. From Folder: SF. Earthquakes--April 18, 1906--Telegrams.|
|Reverse side of the telegram above, 1906|
|Governor James Rolph, Jr. surrounded by Western Union delivery people during his 64th birthday party at the Hotel Whitcomb, Aug. 23, 1933|