Lots of Shorthand in the Secret Annex

Stumbled on another interesting bit tonight.  There was quite a lot of shorthand studying (in different languages, too) in the Secret Annex.  Check out Annefrank.org for info.  I don’t know what type of shorthand this is.  The characters do look Greggish. This is a stenography exercise by Margot, I think: Otto en Edith Frank take…

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Shorthand Laboratories

These are some images from the book Your First Year of Teaching Shorthand by Marion M. Lamb (1961).  The shorthand laboratories shown in these photos are a real blast from the past!  Thanks to the Evernote app on my Kindle, I’m creating my own portable “shorthand laboratory” these days.  But these were fun to see. …

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Notehand Brief Form Flashcards on Quizlet

I created digital flashcards for Notehand’s brief forms on Quizlet.  It’s another portable way to review brief forms on your device or computer.  Sort of like “old meets new!”   Click here.   Be sure to try out their “space race” flashcard game.  I got up to level 27 with a score of  199,920 before they…

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Transcribing Class and Gender (2012)

  It’s not very often you find a modern book written about the history of shorthand (this one was published in 2012).  I just started reading this so I can’t comment too much about it yet, but here is a summary from Amazon. Transcribing Class and Gender: Masculinity and Femininity in Nineteenth-Century Courts and Offices…

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random bits of Gregg history

I recently obtained the November 1958 edition of The National Shorthand Reporter. Most of the magazine is not very interesting but I found some fascinating (to me) classified ads on the final pages. Here we can see how an important collection of shorthand books was amassed, and there are a couple of ads indicating that…

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More books for teaching shorthand

Here’s a collection of books about teaching shorthand.  I thought it might be nice to put these together in one place.  A Neglected Factor in Education by George Everett Walk (1926)  –.pdf is not available but you can read the full text online.  This one has info about teaching children shorthand and longhand simultaneously The…

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Calculating Dictation Speed While Recording

I’ve begun recording dictation mp3 files for Gregg Notehand (you can listen to the first two files for Unit 2 at this link).  Notehand doesn’t concern itself with training for speed per se, yet I would like to know how to calculate my recording speed and supply that information if at all possible.  For instance,…

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