December 9th, 2016


Typing bureau, UK, 1920s/30s

I'm looking for some information about what would go on in a typing bureau in the interwar years. I can find photos, but no details of how one would have operated. I can also find things about typing pools in big companies, but this is a separate business. In particular I am curious about:

Would handwritten notes/manuscripts be sent in to be typed?
Would people be sent out to take shorthand and return to the office to type up?
Would people be sent out to do the work in situ (like a phone-a-secretary service)?

Additionally, how frequently was the post delivered in the same time period? I've found several contradictory answers to this...

Any information or suggestions for resources gratefully received!