25. A clear example of the decline of the telegraph can be seen in the company Western Union. When I was a girl, Western Union, WU, was a prosperous business. It is this company that creates the Transcontinental telegraph line and its yellow telegram envelopes that define an era. In 2006, WU did away with the telegram business in favor of money transfers because telegraph could not compete with other communication devices. What a strange time we live in..