Which issues of Today's Secretary use which version of Gregg?

As I recall, “The Gregg Writer” magazine used Anniversary, and its successor “Today’s Secretary” used Anniversary initially and Simplified in the later numbers.

Is that right? If so, when was the change-over? Or was it gradual, with some issues using Anniversary for some items and Simplified for other items in the same issue?

I know I read something about that somewhere here in the group but I’m not sure how to find the information.

Also, was there any other place where Simplified was used, besides the textbooks and Today’s Secretary? (Say, any novels or other magazines?)

(by Philip for group greggshorthand)

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  1. The Gregg Writer changed over from Pre-Anniversary to Anniversary rather quickly, almost as soon as the Anniversary version came out. The transition from Anniversary from Simplified was gradual: about six issues of The Gregg Writer had articles in both (1949). When The Gregg Writer changed to Today's Secretary in 1950, the scope of the magazine changed, and the articles were written in Simplified. When DJS came out, some articles were written in Simplified and some in DJS, and that lasted for a while (at least 4 years if not more). The last issues of Today's Secretary were published when S90 was the official version, but I have no way of finding out if those last issues ever had S90 and DJS, as well as Simplified in their pages. Today's Secretary was very unlike The Gregg Writer, as most of the articles were fluff, including the selections in shorthand.

    I have posted some of the shorthand selections from Today's Secretary in the Reading Selections area of the group — in Simplified and DJS. Unfortunately, my selection of Today's Secretary magazines is very limited, and they are hard to find.

  2. There are no Gregg shorthand Novels in simplified, unless they were written by a private person and distributed on a small scale. The last novels are those Anniversary Green books that came out from 1931 through 1934 with plates by Winifred Kenna Richmond.

    The transition from Pre-Anniversary to Anniversary might have been quick in The Gregg Writer, but they continued to sell the 1916 Pre-Anniversary text book for a few years after 1929. They also continued to sell Pre-Anniversary Gregg Novels until they were replaced by Anniversary versions in the early to late 1930's. The Sign of the 4 (1915) was only written in 1902 Gregg Shorthand. That was sold well into the late 1930's. Also, Hamlet (1915) was in 1902 Gregg Shorthand and was sold until the 1931 Anniversary version came out.

    A few Novels were around very briefly because they were written in Pre-Anniversary shortly before Anniversary came out. For that reason, these are very hard to find:
    –A Descent Into The Maelstrom (1928)
    –Poor Relations Story (1926)
    –Raleigh Rainbows (1928)

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