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Fewer steel pens (1901)

The American Stationer (New York), January 5, 1901 –

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George Washington Newton Yost

The Phonetic Journal (London), November 26, 1892 –

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The great Bangor fire (1916)

The Gregg Writer (New York), July 15, 1916 –

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The Eggis typewriter

The Eggis was another of those cypher machines that drew some attention but, ultimately, failed to make an impression. It was also called the Velograph. Robert Messenger blogs about the device here.

The German patents are offered here and here.

Image from the second patent application.

The Statist (London), January 30, 1892 –

The Phonetic Journal (London), August 13, 1892 –

In 1893, the Eggis sold for nine pounds.

17 Jan 1893, Tue Belfast News-Letter (Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland) Newspapers.com

By 1899, the Eggis was offered for 40 shillings.

13 Apr 1899, Thu Manchester Evening News (Manchester, Greater Manchester, England) Newspapers.com

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Wikipedia notes, “An average professional typist types usually in speeds of 43 to 80 wpm, while some positions can require 80 to 95 (usually the minimum required for dispatch positions and other time-sensitive typing jobs), and some advanced typists work at speeds above 120 wpm.” I recall that, in the 1980s, at least 60 or 70 words per minute was the minimum requirement. What is your recollection?

The Phonetic Journal (London), February 13, 1892 –

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