2015-05-20 22:33:28 UTC
In doing a search, I could not find a _current_ reference for Mid Continent Corporation of West Memphis, Ark; it appears to be defunct.
Anyone ever hear of it?
In the 1970 time frame, I would guess that telegrams were still important to truckers en route, as they provided a written official record of communication. Shippers could order a modifciation of the trip, and truckers could report delays or problems. The written record would protect the sender against claims of "You never sent that message".
If a trucker broke down en route and needed expensive repairs, money could be wired to him.
Any veteran truckers want to comment on the old days of shipper/trucker communications? How did an independent trucker cover himself against oral change orders?
The flip side is that in 1970, telegrams were somewhat expensive (roughly $2.75) and not that fast (four hours). For about the same money, someone could make a three minute coast-to-coast (cheaper for shorter distances) long distance telephone call which allowed a two-way conversation.
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