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The one-armed typist, a workhouse girl

From various news accounts, Ethel Thomas lost her right arm around the age of 11. By the age of 16, she was living in a workhouse in England and learned to type and take shorthand. Her story garnered sympathy, and authorities eventually placed her in a situation where she could learn to weave. Whatever came of her is unknown, but her story is worth remembering.

The Pall Mall Gazette (London), July 11, 1900 –

Birmingham Daily Post, September 13, 1900 –

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