A Business Type

Excerpt from Modern Business: Selected Writings of Elbert Hubbard on the founding of business schools to teach typing.
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"The Remingtons could not sell their machines [typewriters] unless they supplied an operator; and so they inaugurated a special branch of their business to educate women in business methods and to use the typewriter.

"And lo! in a short time Business Colleges all over the land began to blossom, and their chief concern was teaching stenography and typewriting. . . .

"It is said that the lady typewritist has at times disturbed domestic peace; but trolley cars too, have their victims. And I am told by a man who married his typist that such marriages are almost always sure to be happy, because the man and woman are not strangers -- they know each other! The woman who looks after a man's correspondence is familiar with his curves. She knows the best about him and the worst; and he knows her tastes, habits, and disposition. This is better than the old society plan of getting married first and getting acquainted afterward.

"So the Remingtons, among their other various enterprises, run a matrimonial agency."

-- From Modern Business: Selected Writings of Elbert Hubbard (The Roycrofters, 1922)

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Last updated: Apr 1, 1993




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