In the early 1900s, people found work in an entirely new industry: the typewriter, one of many technologies that signaled the dawn of a new era. During this time, typewritten correspondence was becoming a thing, and demand for machines was ever-increasing.
J.S. Wade was one of the many finding employment in this new field, landing a job at Remington in Denver, Colorado. Apart from a single letter in my collection, I have no other information about J.S. Wade, but his letter speaks volumes.
“My Dear Aunt,” he wrote in 1903, “I sent you a letter a short time ago and will try to send you another… I am still working at the Remingtin [sic] Typewriter Co. and like it very much.”
The letter, generally uncorrected, continues: “We are all well and happy.” He notes that Mamma intends to watch a show with Mrs. Sutton, and Papa intends to go fishing and hunting for the summer. Delightfully, J.S. employs a mere two periods in the letter, preferring commas where else periods should be employed. At the end of the letter, he even “corrects” his punctuation, converting a much-needed period into a comma.
His letter is brief and self-deprecating: “You must not laugh at me because I skip around so with my letter for I am not in the habit of writeing [sic] letters.” He ends affectionately saying, “You must write soon and let us know about the folkes [sic] down where you are, well so long for this time and be happy.”
It is interesting to note that instead of a lower-case L for the number 1, he employes the capital “I” — the early standard Remington’s did not have 1’s — which is evident in the date. How many people preferred the Roman numeral I, not knowing that the lower-case L was intended for that use? Seems even Remington employees did not know this.
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