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1896: An army of typewriters

The San Francisco Call, August 12, 1896 –

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Blank keys as security

To prevent someone from using his typewriter, one typist erased the letters on his key tops. I imagine touch typists found this humorous.

The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Missouri), September 21, 1905 –

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Six kids and wife abandoned for typewriter

Stories of typewriters (i.e., typists) marrying their bosses were fodder for the popular press. In a series of sensational stories, the San Francisco Examiner in 1905 reported on the case of James Street who abandoned his wife and six kids for “pink-cheeked, yellow-curled, little Edna Millar,” who was 17 at the time. Street, who was almost 50, left his wife and six kids destitute.

The San Francisco Examiner (San Francisco, California), December 31, 1905 –

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The Macon Telegraph (Macon, Georgia), May 13, 1890 –

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Lost in mistranslation…

All those odd marks, indecipherable to the ordinary person, meant so much to the stenographer. But when those notes got transferred by the typist, the outcome was, well, —

The Boston Daily Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), December 31, 1905 –

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