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The 1918 "Spanish Flu" pandemic (the speculation about the actual source of the virus is adequately covered in the Wikipedia article) occurred in three waves. Click to enlarge Spanish Flu fatalities in the UK 1918-1919. Source - CDC: 1918 Influenza: the Mother of All Pandemics The first wave in Europe and the US peaked in early 1918 while the First ...


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The economic consquences of the flu were quite restricted for two main reasons. First reason, is that if you take today's economic consequences as a comparison point, you will have plenty of. But there are differences with 1918 economic system: First, the economy did no trigger as much exchanges between nations as today, and especially not as much tonnage ...


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The first book google hit for "cablegram price" is The Bolsheviks: Twilight of the Romanov Dynasty by John D. Loscher which contains a discussion of the prices and comparison to today's money. If I understand it correctly, it is one shilling a word and "five letters in conjunction counted as one word". One shilling (1/20 of pound sterling) was $3.11 of "...


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Partial answer. Here are the telegram rates from Austria in 1913, found on page 226 of Józef Czech's Krakow Calendar for 1913 (the rates in the 1914 edition are the same), expressed in Austro–Hungarian hellers (1/100 of a krone) for telegrams 3–30 words long and for each subsequent word. The telegram form cost 2 hellers. According to a table on page 223, 1 ...


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Partial answer. Source for information would be postal agreements of the Universal Postal Union, where rates and conditions were set for international fees. Telegrams fees were often based on a combination of local, (possible) transit and end country fees, which changed with time. The rates are given in gold (French) francs (FF) 1.25 FF = 1 Mark (M) = ...


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