Typing tidbits - tirades and troubles
4 October 2011
While some saw the advent of typewriting as a wonderful process, some other early commentators had their doubts about the quality that ensued. The Sydney Morning Herald of July 1909 includes a diatribe about the poor quality of the typewriting one can expect from “uneducated girls” who don’t understand what they are transcribing. The writer laments that “every little girl who thinks herself too fine for domestic service and does not want to go into a shop takes it up”.
The article is more than just a polemic, it is an interesting reflection of the attitudes of the times and also provides some insights into the employment opportunities for women. And as a bit of contrast, an article from the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin in 1898 (really an advertisement for a patent medicine), reflecting on the hazards of this profession for the “pretty typewriter”. They have to work “long and late” and suffer from chronic illnesses (which of course the wonderful “Bile Beans for Biliousness” can cure in a trice!)