You are about to visit one of the most comprehensive compendiums of the evolution of shorthand machines in the world. This presentment is the result of thirty years of research by shorthand historian Dominick M. Tursi, often with the assist of machine history consultant Kathy Dittmeier. 

 

  • Depending on internet connection, photos may take a few seconds to load.  If that occurs, please be patient.  Such wait will be worthwhile!
  • Visitors may redisplay machines – by category and subgroup.  In some instances, picture quality is poor – this is owing to the rarity of the photo.
  • Not yet available, soon Gallery members will have access to detailed machine information – much more extensive and often quite fascinating.  Keep this in mind during your return visit.

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1863 Michela Shorthand Machine – Italy

December 31, 2014

1875 The Stenographic Machine – France

December 30, 2014

1879 Bartholomew Stenograph

December 29, 2014

1886 Anderson Shorthand Typewriter

December 28, 2014

1897 The Stenotyper – England

December 27, 2014

1907 Kehoe Stenographic Machine

December 26, 2014

1904 Stenophile Bivort – France

December 25, 2014

1908 Grandjean – France

December 24, 2014

1911 Chambonnaud Silbetype – France

December 23, 2014

1911 Ireland Stenotype Shorthand Machine

December 22, 2014

1916 The Shortwriter

December 21, 2014

1917 National Shorthand Machine

December 20, 2014

1917 Master Model Three

December 19, 2014

1921 Dictatype 

December 18, 2014

1927 Master Model Four

December 17, 2014

1930 Stansky “G” Stenotype Braillewriter – England

December 16, 2014

1934 Smith Stenotype

December 14, 2014

1939 Stenograph

December 13, 2014

1939 Master Model Five

December 12, 2014

1939 The Reporter

December 11, 2014

1939 Palantype – England

December 10, 2014

1940 Master Model Five

December 9, 2014

1943 Brevitype

December 8, 2014

1946 LaSalle Stenotype

December 7, 2014

1946 CTM-2 – Russia

December 6, 2014

1950 Sokutoipu (Soku Typewriter) – Japan

December 5, 2014

1957 Simla – Germany

December 4, 2014

1963 Princess-Steno – Germany

December 3, 2014

1963 Clear-O-Type – France

December 2, 2014

1963 Stenograph

December 1, 2014

1963 Data-Writing “Machine”

November 30, 2014

1968 Stenoprint

November 29, 2014

1970 DataWriter

November 28, 2014

1970s Michela

November 27, 2014

1974 DataWriter

November 26, 2014

1971 Stenograph

November 24, 2014

1975 Stenokey – Bulgaria

November 23, 2014

1977 StenoConverter

November 22, 2014

1979 Lectro-Graph

November 21, 2014

1980s Michela

November 20, 2014

1980 Steno-Lectric

November 20, 2014

1980s BaronData Shorthand Machine

November 19, 2014

1980s BaronData Transcriptor-X

November 18, 2014

1982 StenoRAM I – XScribe’s First Writer

November 18, 2014

1982 Velotype

November 17, 2014

1983 DataWriter

November 17, 2014

1985 Xscribe Models I, II, III, III-Plus

November 17, 2014

1990s Xscribe Ultra

November 16, 2014

1990s Xscribe Vision

November 16, 2014

1987 SmartWriter

November 16, 2014

1987 MicroGRAPH

November 15, 2014

1987 Digitext-ST (“Steno Translator”)

November 14, 2014

1988 – 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition

November 10, 2014

1989 AccuWriter

November 9, 2014

1991 ProModel (Élan Cybra)

November 8, 2014

1992 Stentura

November 7, 2014

1994 Yawei Stenotype – China

November 7, 2014

1994 Impact Writer

November 7, 2014

1994 Gemini (Infinity)

November 7, 2014

1998 Fon’iks Writer

November 6, 2014

1998 Tréal

November 6, 2014

1998 CASwin – Korea

November 5, 2014

2001 Veyboard

November 1, 2014

2003 Élan Shorthand Machines

November 1, 2014

2004 Lightspeed

October 31, 2014

2007 Digitouch

October 31, 2014

2009 Diamante

October 30, 2014

2009 Passport/Passport Touch

October 29, 2014

2012 Grandjean Reva

October 28, 2014

2012 Velotype – The Netherlands

October 28, 2014

2015 Lightspeed Edge

October 28, 2014

2015 Luminex

October 27, 2014