Advert for Pitman's Metropolitan School of Shorthand reverse
Printer: The Metropolitan Printing Works
Medium: Print on paper
Sir Isaac Pitman established this Metropolitan School of Shorthand in 1840. A former clerk in a textile mill, he became a teacher and opened a private school in Wotton under Edge. One of the subjects he taught was shorthand. At first, Pitman used Samuel Taylor’s standard system, but eventually decided to create his own.
This system was phonetic, using quick, simple strokes to represent sounds rather than letters or words. He published details of his system in a book, 'Stenographic Sound Hand', and people still use the system today.