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Palantype or Stenography machine, they are very similar. Stenography is American Palantype is British. The former has less keys than the latter, making certain words ambiguous as both machine use Phonetic sounds as a means of typing information, similar to shorthand, but typed instead. Palantype machines can differentiate certain words better because of the extra keys. In spite of this the Palantype was less favourable amongst users and fell out of favour. Words can be typed on these machines at over 200 words per minute. They can often be seen in movies containing courtroom Dramas as the spoken word could be recorded quickly.

Donated by Anne Osborne

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