Chain letter telegraph (published). Sponsored by Western
Union. US, 1935.
Send $2 Western Union top name. Omit first name, add yours. Sell two
copies to good prospects only. Show receipt for money order sent. Bring customers
to office to certify transaction.
New York Times. "Chain Telegrams
in $3,600,000 Suit." June 20, 1935, p. 15, col. 2. See also June 21.
William F. Zwirmer, as a "common informer," sues Western Union
- cites above text as provided on forms by Western Union office in Camden.
Says Western Union accepted 1,800 chain telegrams between June 7 and 15 at
Camden Office. Company accepted list of six names and $2.51: $2 to top name
and 51c for printing, typing and transmitting or relaying the list. Promise
of $128. Zwirmer sued for half the penalty assessed against the company,
under the Gambling Act of 1877.
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