In order to explain the first use of telegraph machines and how their use chaned society, I borrow the following paragraph from Shaun Antonio, email@example.com.
Along with his description, I share a photo of a telegraph machine which was taken from the old depot in Hull, Ill. Thanks to the Hull History Museum for sharing this image.
"The telegraph was the first from of communication that could be sent from a great distance and was a landmark in human history. For the first time man could communicate with another from a great distance changing everything from how wars were fought to how people dated and fell in love. It’s creation, along with the steam engine, was one of the key inventions to the industrial age. Letters took hours, day, and even months to arrive at their destination making most information irrelevant. However, with the advent of the telegraph, messages were transmitted instantaneously, and as it became ever more efficient the telegraph was able to relay more complex messages farther and farther till it connected people from around the world by pressing a few buttons."