By John M. Hotchner
February 14 is the day to receive something special in the mail, and the “Love’s Marconigram” shown nearby would certainly get the recipient’s heart beating a little faster.
The envelope is franked with a 2¢ Washington Shield stamp (Scott 319) canceled Feb. 11, 1904, in Austin, Texas.
Opening this envelope reveals the beautiful enclosure. It is a take-off on a Marconi Wireless Telegraph Co. telegram form, and guaranteed to make a great impression.
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The form in the envelope is printed and was undoubtedly never sent as a telegram.
Inscriptions on the form include an address of “1, Love Lane” on the left, the words “Red Heart Station” on the heart, and a simulated circular datestamp reading “Per Cupid’s Current Feb. 14,” also on the heart.
The poem in the center of the form reads:
“I’m all in a flutter, a message true
“Has come by a wireless wire from you
“Or something electric, I’m sure, or a dart,
“It’s vibrating now on the strings of my heart,
“The words I receive were as clear as could be
“I love you my darling
“I hope you love me.”
Italian inventor and engineer Guglielmo Marconi established the Wireless Telegraph & Signal Co. in England in 1897.
Three years later, it was renamed Marconi Wireless Telegraph Co. The Marconi Wireless Telegraph Co. of America was founded in 1899.
I suspect that company names were less zealously guarded in 1904 than they are today.
The whole package makes a lovely and special greeting, and a permanent keepsake.