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Antique Flip Top Dictatype Shorthand Machine c.1910-1930



An original flip top Dictatype shorthand machine and original leather and brass case.  All the keys work properly but doesn't seem to imprint on the paper.

  • CREATOR Dictatype Co. 
  • DATE OF MANUFACTURE c.1910-1930.
  • MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Metal, Brass, Bakelite.
  • CONDITION Good. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • DIMENSIONS H 6 in. W 11 in. D 9.25 in.


Miles Bartholomew invented the first shorthand machine in 1877 (well, the first one that actually worked). It was consistently fine-tuned while patents were secured between 1879 and 1884. Bartholomew owned a company in Illinois, the United States Stenograph Corp., which was created around his most famous invention.

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