Discoveries in the Archive – Telegrams

January 11th, 2016

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Searching through the library of books in the Archive this interesting although rather battered book was found.  The Bentley’s Complete Phrase Code Numbered a baffling array of number and letter codes are contained which was a system created in relation to the ‘universal demand for a telegraph code’.  This code includes the Telegraph Cyphers entered according to the Act of Congress in the year 1906 by E. L. Bentley in the office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington DC.  Telegrams were used as a swift messaging system from the mid 1800’s.

Each letter and word sent by telegram cost money and so business’ needed solutions to reduce any form of cost.  This book therefore holds a key to help reduce the amount of characters or numbers used but still convey that important business message and keep your orders flowing.  Sunny Bank Mills was no exception to this growing trend and also created private codes with specific business’ which would be a great advantage in the competitive world of the textile industry. Heejs Kujbo Wubar! (in the Bentley Complete Phrase Code translates into Happy New Year!)   Reference: Bentley’s Complete Phrase Code,  E. L. Bentley, 8th Edition, London, 1921

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