Recycled paragraphs?

Today I found something interesting.  I was practicing a lesson from the Gregg Simplified Manual, 1st Edition (paragraphs 431-433, page 227-230), transcribing it into Anniv Gregg.  I noticed that I have read this same material before.  Lo and behold, I found the material in three places, in the 2d edition of the Simplified Manual (paragraphs 551-553, pages 307-309), in the 1st Edition of the DJS manual (Lesson 69), and in the Series 90 manual (paragraphs 611-613, pages 306-308)!  Save for a few words here and there, the paragraphs are virtually the same.
If you are curious about the content, the paragraphs represent an exchange between a hotel and a guest, in which the housekeeper, while cleaning, noticed that blankets were missing from the room.  The hotel is asking the guest to return them to the hotel.  Between versions, that the cost of the blankets went from $8.00 (Simplified) to $40.00 each (Series 90).
I wonder how many other recycled paragraphs are there between the versions.

(by Carlos for everyone)

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  1. There was plenty of recycled material although I think most people would recognize it since most of it was changed enough to make it "different." But you will find some almost word-for-word reprints from version to version and, even worse, within versions!


  2. Sorry, folks, I'm missing a "not" in that above post.

    I think the recycling hit its height when, in the 1940s, the "Speedbuilding for Colleges" was repackaged as a "One-Year Course" book. The text is EXACTLY the same from cover to cover!


  3. Yes, I was talking with a retired typing and shorthand teacher last summer and she told me about that exchange in the book about the hotel and the guest and how it entertained her. She had to unlearn Anniversary, then Simplified, then had to learn DJ. That story seems to have stayed in her mind. 🙂

    —Andrew Owen

  4. There is a slight difference between the One-Year Course and the College Course books — there is more Congressional Dictation material in the College book. But you are right, it is recycled material. I found it so interesting that they had kept that same hotel-guest exchange for three series of Gregg!

  5. How about the exchange between the father and daughter, where the daughter wants the $10 her dad promised her for getting on the honor roll?       I had the impression that the daughter was in post-high school.

  6. Given the era during which these books were generated, women in college were increasing in number, but not the norm. There were private schools, finishing schools, normal schools (which were decreasing in number), high schools (which were the norm), and two year business annexes in public and parochial schools (usually after eighth grade) which provided young women a more rapid entrance into the job market. Given the fact that the texts do not describe the schools in question, my guess is the lack of specificity is intentional to allow the reader to supply the context. DOC

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