Out-of-print typewriting books can be very hard to find…

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“I wonder, do you have a copy of Pitman’s Commercial Typewriting by W. and E. Walmsley?”

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“You do? Oh splendid! My name? Oh, yes, it’s W. E. Walmsley.”

Unlike J.R. Hartley and his book on fly fishing, this copy of Pitman’s Commercial Typewriting by W. and E. Walmsley found me, rather than the other way round.

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There are several nice illustrations at the front of the book…

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This is the Ninth edition (1965) and was updated to include a section on electric typewriters…

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 There are pages and pages of drills, exercises, and examples. Exercise 191 is an interesting one …

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 There’s also an interesting section that covers the typing of stage plays…

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I’m familiar with layouts like this…

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But “Actor’s part with cues” was new to me…

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Also, I had no idea typing poetry was so complicated …

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I’m not alone. This poor girl appears to be working through the same book!

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“There was an old codger named Walmsley, who… who… oh stuff it! “