Category Pitman shorthand

Easter 1894

  Easter Sunday was early in 1894 – 25th March.  Gordon attended church twice and reported that it was crowded.  The next day was a Bank Holiday and Gordon kept himself busy: ‘In the morning went to Mr Pearce to tell him to send a crate.  Went on the pier and saw the boats going […]

Gordon’s Writing

No prizes for guessing what Gordon wrote in his shorthand diary on 27 November 1894: Yes, this was ‘my birthday’.  Gordon was born in 1877 in North Adelaide, Australia.  For more about him, read About Gordon  Gordon wrote his full name several times in his shorthand diary.  Here’s an example on a page which has […]

Learning Shorthand in 1894

On Monday, 22 January 1894, Martin Osborne Cock, master printer and editor of the St Ives Times for many years, started to learn Pitman shorthand.  How do I know this?  Over the winter I’ve been transcribing the shorthand diary of his friend, Gordon Heywood. They attended Hayle Grammar School, where Gordon was a weekly boarder.  […]

Gordon Heywood, His Diary and Me

Shorthand is a funny thing to anybody who cannot read it.  Mysterious squiggles – what could they possibly mean?  Pitman’s shorthand is made up of thick and thin lines, curves, circles, hooks, ticks, dots and dashes.  Outlines can be written above the writing line, on the line or through the line.  There are shorthand ways […]