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Hugo hugovk at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jun 7 13:43:50 UTC 2015

I think I've found a 1957 "word processing". Found via Google Books
snippet, the corresponding record at HathiTrust isn't full view (for me)
but is searchable and seems to confirm it.



Office management. v.18 no.1-6 Jan-June 1957, page 86 excavated from Google

All equipment categorized

Working equipment for the office has been broken down into three major
machine categories: "Number Processing," "Word Processing," "Material
Processing." Each category is assigned an index number in a given series of
ten digits, and then each category is further broken down within its
assigned ten group. Thus, Number Processing machines are broken down into
sub-categories of "Non-Descriptive," (no typewriting), "Descriptive" (with
typewriting) and "Non Arithmetic."

"Non Descriptive" machines are all identified by the index number 10, with
further breakdowns in the sub-category indicated by indicated by differing
decimal designations. "Descriptive machines all carry the index number 11;
"Non Arithmetic" machines, the index number 12. "

"Word Processing" machines carry index numbers in the twenties, "Material
Processing" machines in the thirties. "Word Processing" machines contain
the greatest number of subcategories, being broken down into ...


> Date:    Fri, 5 Jun 2015 23:25:05 +0000
> From:    "Shapiro, Fred" <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU>
> Subject: Antedating of "Word Processing"
> word processing (OED 1967)
> 1965 _Globe and Mail_ (Toronto) 28 Dec. B4 (ProQuest Historical
> Newspapers)  (advertisement) In IBM's Office Products Division, the
> challenge is to discover and implement ways of improving the flow of vital
> communications through an office.  It's called "word processing" -- the use
> of modern equipment to increase word output, making more productive time
> available to time-conscious business and professional men.
> Fred Shapiro

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