Thursday, September 30, 2010

Rose Fritz


This is a picture of Rose Fritz. Rose was the worldwide typing champion of 1908. She was a young american woman who traveled to London for the contest. After Rose won the contest, the Prince of Wales came by and asked to watch her type. She typed a letter of 113 words for him in under a minute with no errors. It is reported he was very impressed with her skill.

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  1. He should have been impressed, I know I am.
    I don't think a person can talk 113 words a minute with out errors.

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  2. I've never heard of anyone who could type 113 WPM!

    And just imagine--she was using an early typewriter which required the application of some actual pressure to the keys, as opposed to today's keyboards which allow you to type with little more than skimming fingers across the keys.

    No wonder the Prince of Wales was impressed!

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  3. 113! Rose was a goddess. Dang that's fast on an electric typewriter.

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  4. I remember my high school typing class well. Feet flat on the floor, back straight, hands in home position, and no looking at the keyboard. Typed 60 words a minute and was told that was pretty good for a boy. But 113. Wow!!
    rwm

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  5. Our eldest can type 100 WPM, and she was amazed, especially for one of those clunky old typewriters. Me? I worship daily at the altar of the Almighty Spell Check!

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  6. She, and others like her are the reason that we have a QWERTY keyboard. The original keyboards were laid out alphabetically, but the speedy typists kept jamming the keys. So, the typewriter manufacturers, started putting all the most frequent letters on the left, where dexterity wasn't quite so good. Had most people been left handed, I suppose we would have a POIUY keyboard.

    %^)

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  7. That's FAST!!!!

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  8. One of my mother's friends can type at least 110 wpm. She worked as a medical transcriptionist for 25 years at our local, rural hospital and I'm sure she started out on a manual typewriter. I've never seen anyone's hands fly like that. I wonder how many wpm Rose Fritz could do on an electric typewriter?

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  9. She looks similar to the girl from the Remington ad a couple days ago.

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  10. She was my great aunt and an immigrant success story.

    An accomplished pianist as well as excellent typist, she toured the world chaperoned by her mother giving exhibitions for the crowned heads of Europe.

    I loved her a lot as a child, and only later realized she was famous. She died when I was ten.

    My daughter, Julia Rose, is her namesake.

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