Advert For A Shorthand Class At The Royal Victoria Hall
Printer: Shuttleworth & Bunn
Medium: Print on paper
People speak at the speed of about 170 words per minute but using ordinary, cursive handwriting the fastest speed of writing is about 35 words per minute. Alternative and much quicker forms of writing are necessary and many different types have been developed. Working with the alphabet itself and creating symbols that represented simplified forms of the letters, this is referred to as stenography, a word taken from the Greek word for compact writing. Shorthand classes would have been very popular in the 19th century, especially for professionals like secretaries or journalists.