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Observations on technology

August 20th, 2010 (04:52 pm)

Reading The Black Books of Lincoln's Inn, vol. 6, 1914-1965 (published 2001), I see that the Inn did not acquire a typewriter until 1923, only employed one typist until 1955 (after which they employed two), and did not convert their record-keeping to typed records until 1966. I wonder how this compares with other British institutions of long standing?

The Black Books are the formal records of the business of this particular inn of court; the published versions are (disappointingly) bound in green, or at least the Bodleian copies are.


Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: August 20th, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
Doctor Who

Black Books has a pleasingly occult ring to it. As to whether that is appropriate for the legal profession, it is not my place to say...

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 20th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)

They occasionally become whimsical. To quote from the introduction (p. 41): "The nesting of a pair of ducks in 1930 in New Square was positively welcomed. The episode was described in an article contributed to The Times by the Under Treasurer. The article was ordered to be copied into the Black Books. The visit of an owl and a pheasant in the autumn of 1935 was similarly recorded."