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Thought you’d enjoy this page from a 1945 Gregg Writer. Note in the second column the next word is written where the “ing” dot would have been, demonstrating that writers still used that shortcut.

(by jrganniversary
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  1. I notice that article was written by Janet Kinley Gregg. She was John Robert Gregg's second wife. His first wife, Maida, died in 1928. According to Leslie Cowan's biography, Gregg was absolutely devastated by Maida's death and spent the next year in traveling to try to his mind occupied.

  2. So that adds some explanation to the paragraph on page vi of the preface to the Anniversary Manual, which was presumably written in 1929. "It was the intention of the author to have the Anniversary Edition of the system published last year–the fortieth anniversary of the publication of the system–but, unfortunately, many things contributed to delay its appearance." Interesting.

  3. Yes, indeed. Another factor, perhaps even more important, was that Rupert SoRelle's wife had died about the same time. Gregg had put SoRelle in charge of the Anniversary revision, because he thought it would be good for SoRelle to have something to do. Unfortunately, SoRelle was rather distracted, both by the death and an unhappy marriage that shortly followed. In consequence, not only was the revision late, but Gregg was disappointed by the deadness of the prose and the numerous errors in the first printing of Anniversary. The latter were called "printer's errors" and corrected in later printings.

  4. I'm not so sure Anny is such an improvement as the preface claims it to be.   I worked with the 1916 edition last summer, and I think I prefer it. It seems to be better organized, clearer, more efficient. It even has a table of contents. Maybe it reflects happier times. I don't have the actual book; I printed off the pages from Andrew's Angelfishy site, because I got a Spanish version (and they aren't all that easy to come by at a reasonable price), that closely matches the 1916 edition, so for translating, it worked better. Alas, the pages in a 3-ring binder are not as convenient as the compact book–and I think the print is finer in the angelfishy version–so I mainly use the Anniversary edition.   E4

  5. I had Staples / Business Depot print them off two per side and double-sided (I sketched out a sample sheet for them). Their printer software can do that sort of thing easily. I then had it plastic-comb bound. The final size was close enough, and it's easier to open and fold-back than a 3-ring binder.

    You'll have to check how to bring it in; I just burned a CD. The first person there almost refused to make the printout due to copyright (the store can be fined), but the senior knew there was a form for me to sign, saying it was for personal use and therefore not a violation of copyright. (I've found they don't quite finish training all their staff, so do my fancier requests when the most experienced is likely to be there.)

    Overall, it cost me about $4, which is less than shipping.

    Depending on how he scanned it, they may be able to print on half-size paper, more like the original book.



  6. Hey, that's a swell idea. Sometimes a manual comes up on line that is about that price. I missed one a few weeks ago, but I don't look regularly. Advantages and disadvantages either way. I think an original book might be a little clearer and larger print than the online version, but the pages would probably be somewhat yellowed.   In any case–Andrew is conscientious not to post anything copyrighted, so anything on his site is in the public domain. i.e. the copyrights have run out.   E

  7. Andrew's care, plus what I've read here, is good enough for my purposes.

    The employee, on the other hand, risked a hefty fine from the store if it turns out Disney had claimed it. Textbook publishers are also getting in on the act; students don't like paying hundreds every year for books the can copy for pennies. (Now, if they reduced the cost and increased sales,…) Hence, the form; they have due diligence, and still get to make money making the copies, and the (theoretical) risk is passed on to me.

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