South-Western Publishing DJS book

I just got a copy of “Shorthand Transcription Studies, Fourth Edition (Jubilee)”, published by South-Western in 1968.  The authors are Balsey and Wanous.
This series, using Gregg shorthand, is a real anomaly.  I didn’t know it continued through to DJS.
The shorthand plates were written by Grace Bowman, and oh my . . . what a contrast to the elegant plates that Gregg/McGraw-Hill produced.  They are very badly proportioned, and almost scrawling outlines.  To the point that when I first opened the book I wasn’t sure it was really Gregg–I thought it might have been their own “Century 21” version that pirated the Gregg theory to a large extent.
Very interesting book, though.  Does anyone really know the history of South-Western’s Gregg publishing, and/or the history of Century 21?

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  1. I have "Shorthand Transcription Studies Simplified, 2nd edition" (South-Western, 1950) and the shorthand writer isn't identified.  The Gregg outlines in the book are very good, though, certainly equivalent to Gregg publications of the same date.  That's why I was so surprised about the difference in the "Jubilee" edition of the book.   Interestingly, I have a copy of "Shorthand Dictation Studies Simplified, 2nd edition" (South-Western, 1950) and Grace Bowman also wrote the plates for this book–and they are above reproach, quite graceful and clear.  Her ability had clearly declined by 1968 . . .   Alex

  2. The last few books, you didn't include the word "Gregg" in the title.

    Is that because we all know it's Gregg, or because it's not there (and therefore won't be in the title at AbeBooks)? If the latter, it means newcomers won't even even suspect they exist.

    As for the list of books I mentioned? After 6 hours, I had looked at 2000 of the 5500 books on AbeBooks with Gregg in the title. (It's a dangerous job. I kept myself to one order, which combined another hobby in the same shipping cost.) I'm really not being all that thorough, either. I only check two or three entries for each title. (Grrrrr on typos and missing ISBN and multiple printing dates and …. )

    Will the benefits to the group be worth another 12 hours?

    Would anyone who knows of books without the word "Gregg" in the title be willing to add them once I get the base chart done?

    If not, I'll stop the project.



  3. Hello, Cricket.   No, "Gregg" isn't in the titles.  For example, here's a complete citation:   Bowman, Wallace B.  Shorthand Dictation Studies Simplified, 2nd Edition.  Cincinnati:  South-Western Publishing Company, 1950.   On the copyright page, there's a note in small print that reads:  "The Gregg Shorthand outlines in this book are printed with the permission of and by special arrangement with The Gregg Publishing Company, proprietor of Gregg Shorthand."    I do have a Gregg book published by American Book Company:   Eldridge, Edward, et. al.  Shorthand Reading and Dictation Exercises:  Gregg Edition.  New York:  American Book Company, 1939.   The shorthand in this book was written by "Mrs. David J. Ramsey."  There's also a handwritten poem inside the book, entitled "The Ideal Girl" . . . it starts out:   "Modest, gentle, sweet, demure Fair as a lily and as pure . . . "   Alex   (I don't think a complete search of for Gregg titles is going to be too useful–the listings change, and there are just too many titles to sort through.)

  4. LOL the ideal girl!

    That's disappointing about the titles not including "Gregg". Whenever I order used books, I search the seller for Gregg books to make best use of the shipping cost. I'll have to expand it to include the words "shorthand" and "dictation".


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