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Old December 4th, 2016, 10:04 PM   #1
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History reference to development of communications 20th cent


So if people cannot provide a full history, any references to pages would be great.


So I'm trying to find a point during the 20th century dependent on where telecommunications is that, before the development of phones and the internet to look at to try and construct a story.


Exactly what's the process, and where is everything at?

Let me get into specifics.
So for instance, when did the telegraph come in? Or morse code?
And as for them, what were their uses? How were daily papers printed...? Did people ever transmit the text of the papers via telegraph/morse code?

I'm essentially asking for light overviews of development along the lines of communication and also applications.
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Welcome to Historum, a site where those who love history meet to discuss our mutual interests. How does the site work? Well, it is made up of sets of forums built around major topics. For instance, Military History, American History, History Help, etc. Members can start threads, just as you have done, and other members who have an interest in the topic may read and respond pretty much as they wish. The site has rules, and you should familiarize yourself with them. Members are expected to remain civil and respectful of other members, and to remain focused on the thread topic. Some provocative topics are discouraged, and may be closed by one of the Moderator team. Religion, Race, and politics are emotional minefields, and political partisanship will close threads in a heartbeat. Be open minded and patient of members, many of whom are not very familiar with English.

The more focused your questions, the more likely you will be rewarded with useful responses. Open ended threads can lead into surprisingly distant directions,

Your post needs a lot of clarification. For instance, you talk as if modern communications are a product of the 20th century. Not true. Telegraph and Morse Code were well established in the US before the American Civil War. Most folks should know that without needing to ask historians. Less known is that the Lincoln Administration controlled what went over the telegraph lines, and in doing so censored war news written by war correspondents to their newspaper employers. News from the battlefield was critical to decision-makers in Washington and Richmond. It was so important to Lincoln that he spent much of his time hanging round the telegraph office in the War Department. Prior to the War and in its wake, the telegraph reduced the time between sending and receiving a message from weeks, or even months to the time it took to transmit.

The development of Printing Press technology also is rooted in the 19th century. By 1900, rotary presses and Linotype machines made mass publication possible. Cities often had several competing newspapers, and competition between large newspapers was very fierce. Hearst pioneered "Yellow Journaliism" the ancestor of today's tabloids, and a newspaper subscriber in Kansas could have a copy of a national edition of several major newspapers. The size and coverage of new expanded, and several "Wires" came into being (AP, UP, Reuters, etc.) The power of the printed Press continued past the mid-20th century, but has been in decline since.

Some of the earliest radio programming was news, and supplemented printed media. Printed media included periodicals some of whom existed before the Civil War, but increasing in number and topic through the mid-20th century. Colliers', The Atlantic, The Police Gazette, etc. are all examples.

Television was demonstrated before WWII, but was shelved until after that conflict was concluded. By the end of the 1950's most major urban markets had at least one television station. TV programming like radio, but with grainy B&W images on a tiny screen.

I think that might be what you are after, but maybe not. If you are contemplating writing, you need to first work on your writing skills.
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Old December 12th, 2016, 07:55 PM   #3
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I see.

Thank you for the clairifcations.

i'm not sure what you mean by me working on my writing, but anyhow thanks for some brief information.

If you could delete or lock this as I'll come and repost a more detailed question.
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