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Gallery: Telegraph Snapshots

In an age of cell phones and instant messaging, it's hard to imagine the telegraph's initial impact. For the first time, Americans could exchange their urgent words almost as quickly as they thought of them.

As cables snaked across the country and under the seas, more and more people found their lives affected by the telegraph. It would remain a popular method of communication for over a century.

Browse a gallery of snapshots showing how the telegraph affected Americans over the years.

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