In the print on the top half of this page from an illustrated newspaper, reporters rushed to file their stories via telegraph, a technology that by the 1850s was indispensable to correspondents for newspapers far from Washington. The telegraph room, run by Western Union, was conveniently located next to the Correspondents’ and Journalists’ Room, where harried reporters turned their scribbled notes into news stories.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “Press Reporters at the Telegraph Office in the House of Representatives Sending off Dispatches on the Opening Day of the Forty-Fourth Congress,” http://history.house.gov/Collection/Detail
(January 21, 2018)
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