Can Anyone Help Me Fill in the Blanks?

So, apparently in the early 1900s in Hawaii, people didn’t get birth certificates when they were born. Often, they didn’t seek to get a birth certificate until they were in need of services that required one. To get one later in life, they had to go through a court proceeding to basically prove who they…

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Really Bad Penmanship – Need Help with Translation

This is a real head scratcher. The writer is now deceased. She learned shorthand back in the 1940s. When she wrote this, she was experiencing a very difficult time in her life. That’s the extent of the information I have. Here’s my best effort at translation so far. Any assistance would be appreciated: maybe need…

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Stuck in Translation … Ugh!

So, these are minutes of two county housing authority meetings. I’ve figured out most of it, but a few stubborn blanks remain. Can anybody help? (The pic is the best I can do – the originals are very faint). For the first one, I get: “Notes:  ___ contract for the next fiscal year ____.” (I…

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Mystery Post-It Notes

These two Post-It notes were recently found on a cork/bulletin board in the office/sewing room of an 88-year-old woman’s home. It is believed she learned shorthand in her late teens/early 20’s …so 1950’s. They appear to be reminders of where she had placed certain important items in her home. I’ve been able to decipher some of…

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Stuck in Translation

This diary was written in 1940. She wrote stuff in shorthand that she didn’t want her mom to know about (lol – didn’t we all?) She’s writing about a married man who’s been sniffing around her, taking her for rides and giving her small gifts. On this date, the man (Mr. Carver) took her to…

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Miniature Shorthand Book signed by Gregg

I recently came across this adorable miniature Gregg Shorthand book, signed by the man himself. I’m going to be selling it, as I know there are folks out there who collect Gregg signed books. But I wanted to share it with the blog first. I had no idea there were miniature Gregg books published!  

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