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Singing telegram

A singing telegram is a message that is delivered by an artist in a musical form. Singing telegrams are historically linked to normal telegrams, but tend to be humorous. Sometimes the artist is in costume or formal clothing. Singing telegrams are often given as a gift.

  • Singing Telegrams Deliver Messages with a Melody Voice of America, 27 July 2005
  • George P. Oslin

External links

  1. ^ "Special delivery: The singing telegram endures", Columbia News Service, July 7, 2002 .
  2. ^ "George Oslin, 97, creator of the singing telegram",  .
  3. ^ "Western Union Tuning Out Singing Telegram",  .
  4. ^ "Definition of kissogram".  


See also

A stripogram is a form of message delivery in which a female or male stripper will perform a striptease while singing or dancing. The word is a combination of telegram and striptease. This type of entertainment became popular in the 1970s in the US and spread to the UK and Europe during the 1980s. Typically a Strip-O-Gram is most often a form of gift given for a birthday, anniversary or bachelor party. A common practice is for the strippergram to be dressed in an outfit of one kind or another and to act out some form of charade connected with this, before commencing their act - for example a police officer 'arresting' somebody, a lawyer pretending to serve papers, a jilted bride and so on (sometimes this charade will be relevant to something the intended 'victim' has experienced, such as a divorce, or brush with the law).


In the 1985 movie Brazil, Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce) received an invitation to his mother's party via singing telegram. When told the message had been sent Reply Paid, he attempted to sing his reply.

In the 2010 Doctor Who episode "The Eleventh Hour", the Doctor's companion Amy Pond worked delivering kissograms, prior to traveling with the Doctor.

In popular culture

A kissogram, also called kissagram (short for kissing telegram), is a message delivered along with a kiss,[4] usually arranged as a fun surprise for a person for a special occasion. Message deliverers can be hired either by themselves, or as part of an agency. A kissogram is usually presented by a female or male performer dressed in a costume or uniform such as a police officer, nurse, french maid or nun.


A DIY Singing Telegram is a specially written song all about the person in karaoke DVD form, so that any singer anywhere in the world can deliver the fully personalised singing telegram.



  • Variants 1
    • Kissogram 1.1
      • In popular culture 1.1.1
    • Stripogram 1.2
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

As relatively few telegram recipients had telephones, most telegrams, including singing telegrams, were first delivered in person. The popularization of the telephone in the 1960s reduced telegrams in general. By 1972, Western Union was receiving a small number of requests for singing telegrams and was seeking regulatory approval on a state-by-state basis to eliminate the offering.[3] Western Union suspended its singing telegram service in 1974, but independent singing telegram companies, specializing in often costumed personal delivery of gift messages, have kept up the tradition.

[2] While Oslin created the singing telegram because he thought "that messages should be fun," he recalled that he "was angrily informed I was making a laughingstock of the company."[1]

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