Nearly antique in 1892, the Remington Standard No. 2 was still favored by some stenographers because, well, simply put: it worked.
From The Stenographer (Philadelphia), June 1892 —
A slew of astounded typists responded in several succeeding issues, arguing that indeed there were many improved machines since the No. 2.
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It’s almost plausible that George Blickensderfer read this piece and was inspired to invent his machine. Not that it would totally satisfy “Typewriter Operator,” I think — the Remington was faster.