What's the significance of the invention of the telegraph and typewriter?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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These two inventions are significant because they helped to create a world in which communications (particularly for businesses) became fast and easy.

The typewriter was very important for businesses because it allowed for information to be recorded quickly and in a way that would be very legible to all people.  The telegraph was important because it allowed messages to be transmitted very quickly across great distances.  Between them, these two inventions revolutionized business.  The inventions allowed them to record and transmit information very rapidly and accurately.  It is for this reason that the typewriter and telegraph were such important inventions.

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The typewriter and the telegraph were important inventions. Both of these inventions made it easier for people, for governments, and for businesses to communicate with each other.

Before the typewriter, everything had to be written by hand. If a person had poor handwriting, it would be difficult for a message to be read and understood. Using the typewriter increased the speed at which messages could be written. A person could type words much faster than by writing them.

The telegraph also increased the speed of communication. Messages could be sent long distances very quickly. Instead of taking a few weeks or longer to get a message from coast to coast or across the Atlantic Ocean, messages could be sent immediately. This allowed companies to do more business. It also allowed for improved military and political communication. No longer would battles be fought after a war ended such as the Battle of New Orleans occurring after the Treaty of Ghent was signed. Government orders and information could also be transmitted much quicker with the use of the telegraph. Little did people know in the 1840s, the invention of the telegraph was the beginning of instant messaging!

Both of these inventions improved communication significantly for everybody.

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