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Shorthanded: 1920

Shorthanded: 1920

1920. "Washington School for Secretaries classroom." Our second look at the school's facilities. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.



My guess is it that they are there for the purpose of inventory.

Different shorthand

I am familiar with the Pitman shorthand, which is (or was) used throughout the British Empire. The Gregg shorthand is the most-used in the USA.

What are the tags for ?

Each desk has a tag hanging from it. Anyone have an idea?

Re: Impressions

"After sitting for an hour or two, I wonder if the ladies rose from these chairs with neatly stenciled backsides."

Well, there's an image that's going to keep me awake tonight.


After sitting for an hour or two, I wonder if the ladies rose from these chairs with neatly stenciled backsides. They sure don't look comfortable.

I guess

the students all bring their own laptops.

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