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He was having a bad day

From The San Bernardino County Sun, May 5, 1929 –

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To be an old man’s darling

Something of a cliche, but the old man really did marry a typewriter (i.e. a female typist). William Leeman, a 78-year-old widower, had sought the companionship of a younger woman. With an estimated worth of $250,000, he was eligible. Leeman communicated to his friends that he wanted to marry again and his circle of acquaintances grew. “It did not take [his friends] long, with a woman’s wit, to learn that the aged wooer was in search of a rosy-cheeked, golden or auburn-haired charmer to take his name and inherit his fortune, so the old gentleman was soon left in comparative peace to pursue his search for a young and blushing bride.”

Leeman pursued Jessie Brock, a typist in the Stone building in San Jose, California, and only 22 years old. After a period of courtship, she assented his proposal of marriage, though the arrangements were kept private. The circumstances arrangements were leaked and the news created “somewhat of a sensation, owing to the age and standing of the intended groom and the youth of his bride.”

The article presented below was re-published throughout the United States.

From the San Francisco Chronicle, October 18, 1896 –

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Influenced by Max Headroom and the Talking Heads, I published a series of quirky predictions which I distributed to my friends in high school. The year was 1986, and I selected 1988 (the year I would graduate, despite being only two years off) as the future time. These “predictions” were typed on a Royal Futura 400, from which I also made copies for distribution. The spelling is insufferable, though intentional, and the humor is a little darker than I had recollected.

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Typist/clerk position

Sometime back I purchased a Hermes typewriter that included some typed sheets, including this one for a typist position at a middle school in Cupertino or Sunnyvale, California. There’s no date on the document, but there are plenty of clues:

First clue: the doc describes a typing position

Other clues: ditto masters, mimeo, Xerox, Thermofax, Gestetner


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1887: Thoughtless slurs by editors

From The Cosmopolitan Shorthander (Toronto), November 1887 –

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