STENO for the BLIND (May, 1954)

The Stenomask, a silent microphone that can be attached to most office dictating machines, enables the blind to take dictation faster than the average person using shorthand. With it, the stenographer merely repeats the words of the speaker into the mouthpiece, which completely silences her own voice. The dictating machine in turn records her voice, playing it back later for transcription. Invented by Horace L. Webb, president of Talk, Inc.

  1. William! says: March 30, 200910:49 pm

    Wouldn’t it be simpler to just have the person giving the dictation use the Stenomask themselves?

  2. Toronto says: March 30, 200911:24 pm

    I think this is for court stenography or meeting minutes, as opposed to the ‘take a letter’ type of dictation.

    My favorite dictation moment is from “Blazing Saddles.”

    Bad Guy 1: “Send a wire to the main office. Tell them I said [gets hit on head] Ow!”
    Bad Guy 2: (writing) “Send wire, main office, tell them I said ‘ow’. Gotcha.”

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