Private Life

Private Life

Private life represents a major part of the telegram collection, with 2,050 artefacts. Telegrams, due to their public nature, are not and ideal form of communication for confiding private information and emotional disclosures, unlike the post or the telephone. Their wording is abstract, suggestive, even enigmatic, as is evident in the messages sent between relatives or friends. Their main function was formal and used mainly to send wishes, congratulations, and condolences. Private life telegrams have an ambiguous role. Their goal is to publicly express private feelings. Telegrams in this category are more for show than reading. Their singular function quickly became apparent to telegraphy services, and as a result in 1938 TTT launched its luxury telegrams. OTE followed the same practice in 1960, when it printed telegrams for special occasions and holidays (Christmas, Easter, weddings, births, etc.). During the 1970s, OTE’s luxury telegrams depicted works by Gyzis, Parthenis, and Vikatos.


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1942-1943. The sender asks I. Saketos to inform him regarding the documents necessary for him to enlist in the Police. In the bottom right the Italian censorship stamp can be made out: “Commando Superiore F.F.A.A. Grecia Verificato . Cencura Grecia". (ΜΤ-020169)

22/10/1927. Telegram of a personal nature in which the sender informs colonel and commander of the Gendarmerie Ioannis Saketos of the health of an individual close to him and asks him to hurry to Athens. (ΜΤ-020170)

04/09/1945. Telegram from Johannesburg to Athens, in which the sender inquires about the health of an individual close to them. (ΜΤ-020215)

25/10/1923. Telegram from Amsterdam to Paris. Angela Kyriazi writes to her husband, Damianos Kyriazis, in French: “Thank you for your long letter. I am thinking of you tenderly”. (ΜΤ-020300)

30/12/1964. Luxury telegram with best wishes for the new year. (ΜΤ-020601)

27/05/1883. Congratulatory telegram to industrialist Ilias Poulopoulos on the occasion of his marriage. (ΜΤ-021757)

16/11/1903. Telegram in which Duchess Maria Pavlovna informs her daughter, Princess Elena Romanov, wife of the Prince Nicholas of Greece, of her safe arrival in London. (ΜΤ-021774)

30/07/1920. Telegram offering condolences for spouse’s death. (ΜΤ-021805)

2/1/1954. Congratulatory telegram. (ΜΤ-021843)

24/05/1883. Marriage congratulatory telegram. (ΜΤ-021873)

03/09/1942. Birth congratulatory telegram. Bearing the Italian censorship stamp in the bottom right. (ΜΤ-021901)

09/11/1914. Telegram from Zurich to Athens, personal in nature, in French, addressed to the owner of the Poulopoulos Hat Factory (known as Pil Poul). (ΜΤ-022081)

26/11/1969. Telegram in English, content in code. “as the Theban dust swirls in the wind, Elbereth Gilthoniel, Celtic priest”. The telegram is part of a series of telegrams exchanged between poet Maria Servaki and her husband, British professor Bernard Blackstone. (ΜΤ-023210)

30/08/1927. Telegram in which the sender asks after his son’s health. (ΜΤ-023610)

Luxury congratulatory telegram for newlyweds. (ΜΤ-023628)

16/07/1952. The sender informs the recipient about the arrival of a relative. (ΜΤ-102886)

10/10/1937. Telegram mentioning the requirement for secrecy regarding the dispatch of the telegram. (ΜΤ-102922)

13/04/1940. Luxury congratulatory telegram. (ΜΤ-102675)

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