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Blind stenographer using dictaphone (LOC)

Bain News Service,, publisher.

Blind stenographer using dictaphone

1911 April 27. (date created or published later by Bain)

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title and date from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative.
Photographer’s name (Byron, N.Y.) partially visible on negative.
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

General information about the Bain Collection is available at hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.ggbain

Persistent URL: hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ggbain.09147

Call Number: LC-B2- 2191-9


  1. rjones0856 says:

    Is that a picture of Andrew Carnegie on the wall? If this was also taken at the NY Association for the Blind, it would make sense — he gave them $114,000:


  2. susanann photos says:

    The title for this picture had me stumped. A stenographer writes shorthand, and a typist types on a typewriter. After researching, I’ve discovered that machines invented around this time had typebars that produced understrokes called "blind writers". Machines with braille only had six (6) keys. Therefore, I don’t think this woman was blind. Great picture though.

  3. Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) says:

    The name "Dictaphone" was trademarked by the Columbia Graphophone Company in 1907, which soon became the leading manufacturer of such devices. This perpetuated the use of wax cylinders for voice recording. They had fallen out of favor for music recordings, in favor of disc technology. Dictaphone was spun off into a separate company in 1923 under the leadership of C. King Woodbridge.

    Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dictaphone

  4. jwcallahan says:

    Hi, I’m an admin for a group called Symbols of Our Past, and we’d love to have this added to the group!

  5. pennylrichardsca says:

    Hi, I’m an admin for a group called Disability History, and we’d love to have this added to the group!

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