Eight Men and a Trust. Letters from Other Men who are Getting Relief from the Oppression of a Corporation. TELEGRAPHY, ANTITRUST.

Eight Men and a Trust. Letters from Other Men who are Getting Relief from the Oppression of a Corporation

New York & Washington, D.C. Telepost Company, n.d. (but ca. 1910).

[20] pp, 6.5 x 8.25 inches (folding to 3.25 x 8.25 inches), in stapled wrappers printed in black and red, illustrated with photographic portraits. A little soiling at the creases, staining at the bottom edge of the front wrap; very good. One copy located in OCLC, at Yale.

A relic of the early telephony/telegraphy wars. By the turn of the 20th century Bell (American Telephone & Telegraph) was ascendant in the telephone sphere, and "The Telegraph Combination" (Western Union combined with the Atlantic and Pacific Telegraph Companies) dominated the realm of telegraphy. Enter the small, scrappy, independent telephone companies trying to eke out a corner of the market for themselves. One of these was Telepost, a company possessing superior technology allowing for far faster and far cheaper telegraphic transmissions. Based on the inventions of American electrical engineer Patrick B. Delany, their automatic telegraph system was capable of transmitting and recording 3000 words a minute over a single wire. The company made a brave stand, with an impressive marketing campaign in the pages of Popular Mechanics, the Journal of Telephony, and other journals both high-brow and low. This little pamphlet bravely sallies forth, offering short biographies of its accomplished and highly respectable trustees, providing glowing testimonials to the speed and economy of their services, anointing Telepost "The People's Telegraph," and declaring "The Combination cannot get the Telepost Company." Alas, despite its bravado, Telepost could not beat the big boys, and by the late 'teens, Western Union had gobbled it up whole.

Item #19624

Price: $150.00

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