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    Like most systems, Pitman came out with a simplified system in the 1970s to compete with the alphabetics. Shorterhand was the name of the new system and it boasted sufficient speed for office work combined with ease of learning and less memory load. I've never heard of anyone who writes Shorterhand so I can't really comment on the system itself. Regardless, this month, we start with some of the theory lessons presented in the Shorterhand review book which was intended to be used after learning theory. The vocabulary is well-suited to study and review. For those who write Shorterhand, you'll probably be able to determine which theory rules are the basis of each lesson.

Shorterhand Skills for the Future, Pitman Publishing Corporation, 1974, p 36, 42, and 47-48

Theory Practice         

          I should like to explain why we cannot afford to pay more than the current wage to employees in our factory.  Our equipment is extremely poor and our machines are not physically capable of turning out the standard amount of work.  The maximum salary that we can afford to pay is the usual standard for the industry in other parts of the country.
          Despite all our efforts, there has been no noticeable improvement in our current production.  We are sure that we have obtained maximum production from our current machines.


          Although it is now five months since we shipped our last order to you, our collections have been very slow.  We believe that it is your intention to pay your bills in full.  However, we should have some explanation or indication of the time of payment.  Your action in this matter will affect our future transactions with you.
          We know that you will be interested in our fall fashions which we are now ready to display in our showrooms.


          We have some very distinctive desks for sale which we are sure will be very desirable for your office.  They are made so that they have more capacity than any desk of a similar size.  This is achieved through an economy of space, obtained by omitting all unnecessary features.  As a matter of fact, you will have 20 percent more space in this desk than in other desks of a comparable size.
          These desks are also guaranteed to wear extremely well.  They can be exposed to the most difficult type of wear and tear without fear of damage.

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