Shorthand on the QWERTY Keyboard, 1875-1917

“kn u rd ths? gr8!” That might look like twenty-first-century mobile phone text messaging slang, of which it would in fact be a perfectly good example.  But that’s not what I’m using it here to illustrate.  Instead, I wrote it in one version of nineteenth-century “stenotypy,” following the guidelines put forward in a book published…