Vintage 1927 Master Model Four LaSalle Stenotype
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1927 Master Model Four (Stenotype Company, Division of LaSalle)The shorthand "workhorse of the 1930s." Although its mechanics at times faltered, its use in the world-famous Hauptman (Lindberg-bady kidnapping) trial catapulted machine shorthand into mainstream reporting. This was the first Stenotype (made with the Ireland tools) to be used at LaSalle Extension University (1927). It was also called the "Master Model Four." Green in color and later in smooth black, this machine used a two-spool ribbon system and was known as the LaSalle Stenotype. After wide-use it was replaced in 1949 by a machine made for LaSalle by the Stenograph Company. This company was run under the direction of M.H. Wright, who hired many of the original shorthand operators from the 1914 NSRA contest to help him. The four fingers of the left hand covered a group of seven initial consonants on seven keys: S T K P W H R. The left thumb operated two keys with A and O. A large space key was centered between the left and right hands and could be reached with the forefingers of either hand.The machine measures 8 inches wide, at it widest point, by 10 inches deep by 5 inches tall.
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