but it does rhyme."
~ Mark Twain
History has always fascinated me, and I think many in the antique/vintage world feel the same way. It is always fun to come across something at a flea market and be amazed at how much has changed...or stayed the same...since the date on your find. For example, I was able to go to the flea market this week since I was on spring break and the weather co-operated. One of my pickers pulled out a stash of paper goods, and in the pile were these:
In the 1970s high schools still taught the Gregg system, and business schools and colleges offered shorthand courses...there was a college catalog with the Gregg magazines...this college features Pittman, but I had to chuckle that they also require English!
I have noticed that so many early USA companies have folded when the owner dies, and Gregg enterprises followed that pattern. When Gregg died, McGraw Hill bought the company, and then the rise of stenography machines in the 1940s and 1950s continued to put shorthand out of commission, followed by the Dictaphone and recording devices that made notetaking even less important.
As the women's movement gained support, by the 1960s and 1970s women were leaving the "mad men" world for medicine, law, and non-secretarial positions. The gifted stenographers were no longer in the offices, and, fortunately, the 1980s brought computers to everyone. The shorthand world is not totally extinct as court reporters still use a system that is a variation of modified dictation.
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."