About the collection
The 1868 International Telegraph Conference, held in Vienna, decided to establish a permanent ITU secretariat, or Bureau, in Bern, Switzerland. Among the six tasks assigned to the Bureau was the publication of “a telegraph journal in the French language.” The monthly publication would include news sent in by the membership, as well as articles prepared by the Bureau itself.
The first issue of the Journal télégraphique was sent, free of charge, to member administrations on 25 November 1869.
The publication – although very modest in size (8 pages for the first issue) -- met a real need. In its first year it attracted 800 subscriptions, at an annual charge of four Swiss francs, plus postage.
About the collection1870-1900