Anniversary of the Telegraph Stamp

US Postage Stamps: 1944

Anniversary of the Telegraph Stamp

Issued on May 24, 1944, this stamp commemorated the 100th anniversary of the first telegraph message by Samuel Morse in 1844 from Washington D.C. to Baltimore, Maryland.

Samuel Morse sent his famous message, “What Hath God Wrought” over a 40 mile telegraph line from the Capital building in Washington, D.C. to a railroad depot in Baltimore, Maryland on May 24th, 1884.  This landmark event is considered to be the start of the commercial use of the telegraph in America.  Telegraphs soon became a fixture across the United States and by 1861, telegraph lines ran across the entire country, connecting the East and West coasts.

Samuel Morse is famous for sending one of the earliest telegraph messages as well as developing the equally famous Morse code; he was not the first inventor of the telegraph.  A variety of similar devices had been previously invented, including a unique telegraph system that sent messages through bubbling chemicals that were activated by an electrical charge.  In fact, Samuel Morse patented his telegraph system in 1837, seven years before his famous forty mile message.

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