Friday, December 23, 2011

Shorthand Christmas Carol

I found this little beauty a while ago at the flea market in Deptford, south east London.

I love it when an old book had the original owner's name and the date.
This belonged to G. Harris, dated 26th June, 1931.

Beautiful cover? Check. Bit of history on the inside cover? Check.
Can this book get any better? Absolutely! Have a look inside....

The whole thing is printed in shorthand!
Pitman's produced all sorts of publications related to Commerce, including an extensive range of Shorthand, Typewriting and Stationery publications. Many of these were exercise books, and they even produced shorthand versions of popular stories and novels to be used as reading exercises.

G. Harris made notes throughout the book, dating her progress...
5th November, 1931

10th December, 1931

Does this beautiful little book have any more surprises? Why, yes it does!
G. Harris left her book mark in there...

Other titles are available...

Jekyll and Hyde, Sherlock Holmes, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, even the New Testament - all printed in shorthand.
Or if you prefer a more international overview, there were books on Esperanto shorthand, as well as French, German, Latin, Spanish, Portuguese, Welsh, Gaelic and Afrikaanse. 

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