Steno pad question

When did Gregg steno pads stop being sort of gridded, as in examples from Martin Dupraw or the jury charge of Zoubek over on angelfishy (at least I think that was what it was) and morph into what we use today, or have there always been two entirely separate types of paper?

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  1. There are two kinds. Pads used in stenography work are the ones with the middle divisory line. The kind with the additional lines is used in reporting, specifically in court room proceedings. There is no standard (that I know of) for placing the lines. In some pads, the lines are approximately at 3/8", 3/4", and 1" from the left edge of each column, in others at 1/2", 13/16", and 1.5". The purpose of the lines is to avoid having to repeat writing who said what in a deposition. Jury charge and questions from the lawyers are written starting on the left edge of the column, while the witness answers are written indented on the third line. Other lines can be used for court and counsel statements.

    I have a set of reporter notebooks that I bought on eBay a while back very cheaply and the quality of the paper is outstanding. Pengad carries those pads — they sell them by the dozen (a little over $85 a dozen).

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