Do it fast, but do it well.

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According to the standards taught in secretarial schools in the mid-20th century, a business letter was supposed to have no mistakes and no visible corrections… This seems like a no-brainer, but keeping in mind that their backspace key wasn’t quite as efficient as ours is today, you can imagine how stressful that must have been […]

When you lack the tools, fake it.

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Many old typewriters didn’t include a separate key for the numeral 1 or the exclamation point, and some even older ones also lack the numeral zero. Typists who trained on these machines learned the habit of using the lowercase letter l (“ell”) for the digit 1, and the uppercase o for the zero. These characters […]