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Munson Typewriter (1890)

The National Stenographer (Chicago) March 1890 –

Martin Howard displays at Munson 1 here, which is different from the conception above. Munson does not have appeared to have made that model.

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A hoax or a marvel? (1892)

In the tech industry, engineers and programmers are sometimes encouraged to think up “impossible” ideas, as if there are no limits in science, in the expectation of creating something new and wonderful. In the late 19th century, inventors imaged with equal fervor, contemplating typewriters that would correct spelling and grammar, capture the human voice and transcribe language into text, and complete people’s thoughts. Impossible ideas? Perhaps in the 19th century, but what was fanciful then has become quite a reality in the 21st century.

F. P. Cobham was said to have designed a machine that could transcribe voice to text in 1892, though not much is otherwise know about this invention. Later, he was credited with creating a machine that could transcribe musical notes, called the Teletonegraph. Apart from a few reports, not much is otherwise known about his inventions. Whether hoaxes or marvels is uncertain.

The London Phonographer, August 1892 –

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A happy New Year to all! (1888)

Cosmopolitan Shorthander (Toronto), January 1888 –

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Emancipation of the little finger (1892)

The London Phonographer, June 1892 –

Anyone know when the “all-finger” method was first introduced?

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In the bleak midwinter…

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

Enough for Him, whom cherubim, worship night and day,
Breastful of milk, and a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom angels fall before,
The ox and ass and camel which adore.

Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
But His mother only, in her maiden bliss,
Worshipped the beloved with a kiss.

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.

– Christina Rossetti

Perhaps, we find ourselves in a bleak midwinter this Christmas, but the message of a child in a manger signals hope. We are reminded that “a stable place sufficed.” With what little we have to cling upon, faith, this too will suffice. It is the gift given, and the gift we give. Merry Christmas and God bless!

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