Gregg Shorthand Speed Certificate

Winifred Weislogel earned this white cardboard certificate on March 14, 1944, for neatly and accurately writing Gregg shorthand for five minutes at one hundred words per minute. While there are various shorthand systems, all shorthand consists of symbolic writing for words or phrases that allow the stenographer to quickly record oral dictation. Shorthand was invaluable for business records before stenography machines, dictation machines, typewriters, recorders, and personal computers. Gregg shorthand was invented by John Robert Gregg in 1888 and is a phonetic shorthand based on elliptical figures. Winifred Weislogel’s secretarial training in high school taught her shorthand and typing, and she went on to a career in the U.S. Foreign Service between 1957 and 1978.
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overall: 16.5 cm x 9 cm; 6 1/2 in x 3 9/16 in
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National Museum of American History
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