[mailhist-discuss] Fwd: Spam was an "intolerable nuisance" in 1864

Dave Crocker dhc at dcrocker.net
Thu May 24 07:23:33 PDT 2012


just to get this into the emailhistory.org mail archive...

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-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Spam was an "intolerable nuisance" in 1864
Date: Thu, 24 May 2012 11:43:07 +0100
From: Tony Finch <dot at dotat.at>
To: spam at zorch.sf-bay.org

http://www.computerhistory.org/revolution/the-web/20/392/2172

Letter to The Times published 1st June 1864:

   Sir, -
     On my arrival home late yesterday evening a “telegram,” by “London
   District Telegraph,” addressed in full to me, was put into my hands.
   It was as follows :–
     “Messrs. Gabriel, dentists, 27, Harley-street, Cavendish-square.
   Until October Messrs. Gabriel’s professional attendance at 27,
   Harley-street, will be 10 till 5.”
     I have never had any dealings with Messrs. Gabriel, and beg to ask
   by what right do they disturb me by a telegram which is evidently
   simply the medium of advertisement? A word from you would, I feel
   sure, put a stop to this intolerable nuisance. I enclose the
   telegram, and am,
     Your faithful servant,
       M.P.
   Upper Grosvenor-street, May 30.

Tony.
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