Business Penmanship in the early 1900s

When I first attempted to write Gregg shorthand outlines, I realized I didn’t have the same longhand proportions and principles in my 1950s Zaner-Bloser cursive as the business longhand which gave the movement and form Dr. Gregg used in the outlines. In the book on penmanship which he wrote, with Mary Champion, Dr. Gregg states:…

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Paper / Pen / Ink Combos for Shorthand

I’m curious what everyone’s favorite shorthand-writing tools are?  I’ve always enjoyed fountain pens (especially  with Noodler’s permanent inks) but I don’t always find them speed-oriented. Lately I’ve been playing with gel pens, to see how I like those for note-taking.  I’ve been trying out a Uni-Ball #207, which came highly recommended for its permanence and…

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Thinking in shorthand?

Some years back, I recall reading in one of the Gregg texts about a phenomenon that long-time shorthand writers experience: thinking in shorthand. I believe it was in one of the older (pre-Anni) texts, but am not sure after so long. Does anyone recollect this reference? Thanks! -Joel

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Programmed Shorthand Laboratory for Skill Development

Here’s another interesting find:  The Programmed Shorthand Laboratory for Skill Development from Ohio in 1965.  I’ve always been curious about these shorthand laboratories, and now here’s an entire document about them.  This is available on Internet Archive.  I posted a few photos a while back of shorthand laboratories from by-gone days here.

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Son of Scoville’s Shortcuts

It would appear that the son of the creator of Scoville’s Phonography *may* have been interested in other types of less savory shortcuts: google book link (The Shorthand Writer) I say *may*, as I am not entirely sure the proprietor of Scoville’s Stenografy referred to in the article is actually the same Scoville that created…

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Legal Option for sharing (some) copyrighted books

I came across this a little while ago: https://blog.archive.org/2017/10/10/books-from-1923-to-1941-now-liberated/ This appears to be a *legal* option for sharing books that were published between 1923 and 1941, which opens up the possibility of legal digital access to, for instance, the anniversary edition functional method books, which were published in 1936 (and renewed in Oct 1963, dang…

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Shorthand Sightings on the Web

  I came across a couple of blogs that had recent articles about shorthand.  The first one is about using shorthand to write a novel: Get Your Story in Hand Using Shorthand The second is about genealogy and shorthand: WRITING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY-IN SHORTHAND? Happy reading!  

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Deseret Alphabet on Atlas Obscura

Last year I posted about the Deseret Alphabet created by George D. Watts.   The alphabet appears to be alive and well.  There’s an article about it this week on the Atlas Obscura website.  I’m rather envious:  they have published many classics and even the Bible in this alphabet.  If only someone was doing that…

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