Traveling in the Central African Republic in 2012, I spotted a sign in a cafe reading, “Wanted, Pretty Girls for New Airline.” I did not know that people still regarded woman as “girls” in the 21st century, let alone that they could be seeking “pretty girls.” Alas, CRA is yet a developing country.
In the late 19th century and through a good part of the 20th, women were often called “girls,” and typists “typewriters.” A sampling of news and humor from this period serves as an interesting time capsule —
Two parts of one clipping:
From the Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Aug. 10, 1892.
Indexed at Women and the typewriter at Type-Writer.org.
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