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[*] posted on 7/15/2005 at 14:05
Photo-telegraph


The attached postal card has the informational line…

“ДЕНЬГИ МОЖНО ОТПРАВЛЯТЬ ПОЧТОЙ, ТЕЛЕГРАФОМ И ФОТОТЕЛЕГРАФОМ”

“Money can be sent by mail, telegraph and photo-telegraph”

Anyone know what a photo-telegraph was? Fax machine?

How did the post office use it to transfer money?

Whatever it was, it was used back in the early 1940s – I’m impressed.

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[*] posted on 7/15/2005 at 15:48


I do not know what technology was used for PHOTO-TELEGRAPH but you write whatever you want to send on a form and the addressee receives it on photographic paper, your handwriting with your signature etc. As for transfering money - I think the same way as regular PEREVOD - you send A FORM and the Post Office at the addressee's location pays off the money.

PHOTO-TELEGRAPH was available at the late 30s, may be earlier. Unlike regular telegraph you pay not for the number of words but for the size of the form - the larger the more expensive. It was NOT a fax-machine.
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[*] posted on 12/9/2009 at 18:09


I suspect that there is a difference from sending something via a telegraphic system in the late 1860s and this item. But then I can be wrong.
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[*] posted on 12/10/2009 at 03:07


@Gary

You are right. For public use, the technology had to wait for telephone lines.
I can remember to have seen such a machine in a Hollywood court drama from the 1930s. There it was used to send a photographic picture.
First telegraphic transfer of photographs was done 1904 in Germany by Arthur Korn.
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[*] posted on 12/10/2009 at 08:57


I just noticed the pantelegraph topic...

If this question is still open:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pantelegraph
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[*] posted on 12/10/2009 at 09:01


That is the same link listed in the original message. What I am trying to find out is if we have seen this mentioned or even used relative to the P&T establishment.
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