I am young enough that I have never received a telegram. In fact, I’m not sure if my mother has ever received one either. But I always thought they were kind of neat.
You can still get telegrams through Western Union, but they are kind of boring and bland. Much cooler are Retro-Grams — vintage style telegrams, which can be sent via e-mail for free, or also by first-class mail, or even by retro courier! You can choose from different styles of telegrams depending on which era you want to recreate. This is just darned cool. I would love to send these out as Christmas cards, but they are $3.95 each… maybe just a few, then.
(Don’t miss the History of Telegrams page.)