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In this photograph taken on July 13 retired Indian telegraph... News PhotoActivity,Finance,Greeting,Hyderabad - India,India,Occupation,Office,Photograph,Retirement,Technology,Telegraph,The Internet,VerticalPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPIn this photograph taken on July 13, 2013, retired Indian telegraph employees greet each other at a function at the Central telegraph office in Hyderabad. Thousands of Indians crammed into telegram offices to send souvenir messages to friends and family in a last-minute rush before the service shuts down. July 14, 2013, is the last day that messages will be accepted by the 162-year-old service, the last major commercial telegram operation. In the days before mobile phones and the Internet, the telegram network was the main form of long-distance communication, with 20 million messages dispatched from India during the subcontinent's bloody partition in 1947. AFP PHOTO / Noah SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)