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Typewriting and Stenography...

A few weeks ago I posted the following photo on 



I asked the following question:

"Did you take typing and stenography 
in high school?"


This photo has been seen by almost 50,000 people and has over 3,500 comments.



I learned to type in HIGH SCHOOL on a typewriter similar to this one...


That's right, a manual one.  NOT electric.  


AND I also took stenography classes...


Taking typing classes was such a GREAT investment for me.

My parents gave me a typewriter as my high school graduation gift 
and when I went away to college, I dragged that HEAVY electric
typewriter with me and proceeded to charge $1.00 per page to type papers
for students who didn't know HOW to type.

AND up until 1 1/2 years ago, I worked from home as a transcriptionist.

I never really used my stenography skills, except to take notes while in college, 
but we had a lot of fun in class pretending to be secretaries.  

So how about YOU...

"Did you take a typing or stenography class in high school?"

Let me know YOUR answer here in the comments.  

14 comments

  1. iBook typing in high school, short hand had already been removed. In college I took typing II on an electric typewriter. One of the best investments i made. I still have my typing book packed up from high school. Our teacher would made us cut our fingernails , can you imagine that today!

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  2. I took typing where I learned nothing about typing. That has come with keyboards and computers.

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  3. i think I was one of your commenters on Facebook, haha. Yes, I did take typing, and shorthand! My first job I started out as a typist, and was promoted later on to secretary! I actually occasionally even used my shorthand. I LOVED IT! haha. Can you honestly imagine how easy all the papers we had to write, and that job I had would have been sooo much easier today with a computer...sooo easy! Enjoy your day Lois!

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  4. I did take typing in high school, but I'm not sure how much I benefited from it. I'm still not the best typist you'd ever come across.

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  5. I took typing in high school and it helped me to get a job at an AFB.

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  6. I did take typing in school and loved it. I took two years. I wish I had taken stenography.
    I loved that typewriter in that photo.

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  7. Yes to both although my steno skills are nonexistent. My typing skills are good, last test I took I was pushing 120 wpm. Not bad.

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  8. I remember both - I took typing, but not shorthand.

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  9. I took typing, but not stenography. Typing was the most useful skill I learned in high school, and I did indeed lug an electric typewriter off to college in the late 80s. My Mom took both, and I used to be amazed at her typing speed when I was a kid, and her stenography looked like a secret code to me.

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  10. Hi Lois! I took one 9 week typing class in 8th grade and I forgot it all by the next year. I thought office work and typing was not my cup of tea until I turned 32. I was living in S. California and my brother-in-law told me about the secretary position opening up at our church. I laughed and I told him that wasn't for me. That night I had a dream that I was applying for a job and I wasn't going to get it because a much more qualified person was applying. I left and a person followed me and said that the more qualified person couldn't take the position and asked if I wanted it. The next morning I told my brother-in-law the dream and he said he left out that a very qualified secretary was applying for the job. So I felt lead by the Lord to apply. And like in the dream that is what happened. I slowly learned typing and secretary skills and worked there for 12 years and that is where I met my wonderful husband!! What a blessing that job was. So now you have my story on typing. lol

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  11. Oh, yes! Had typing my sophomore year...it was required! Parents bought me a small one for home, too. But I will have to admit I was never very good and hated it. Never could master corrections! Love the ease of today's computer keyboard!!

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  12. I took keyboarding in school. I love typing.

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  13. I took both in high school, Lois~ and can't do either one now! *haha*
    Oh, I type decent, but I make more mistakes than not!

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  14. The second girl on the right is my grandma!! Where did you find the picture?!

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