- Mar 2023
Page 9 has an advertisement for Mr. D. F. Urbahns' Memory Training method!
The Pelman School of Memory Training, 1635 Masonic Temple, Chicago.<br /> LONDON , 4 Bloomsbury St., W.C.; <br /> PARIS, Avenuede Nenilly, 109 ;<br /> MUNICH , Mozartstrasse, 9; <br /> MELBOURNE, G.P.O, Box 1635
p 89 There's a Dickson School of Memory selling a Dickson Method.
Seen in a Hoskins business equipment advertisement in Business magazine (1903) for card index:
YOUR BUSINESS AT YOUR FINGER ENDS
Close to the phrase "at your finger tips". Would it have appeared before or after this?
Business: The Magazine for Office, Store and Factory. Vol. 16. Business Man’s Publishing Company, 1903. https://www.google.com/books/edition/Business/QKaxezfHjL0C?hl=en&gbpv=0.
- Dickson School of Memory
- historical linguistics
- at your finger tips
- Christof Ludwig Poehlmann
- mnemonic techniques
- Pelman School of Memory Training
- card index for business
Trademark for Memindex
Ser. No. 511,916. WILSON MEMINDEX COMPANY, Rochester, N. Y. Filed Aug. 23, 1947.<br /> FOR LOOSE-LEAF DAILY MEMORANDUM CARD SYSTEM COMPRISING MEMORANDUM CARDS AND POCKET AND DESK CASES THEREFOR.<br /> Claims use since Aug. 1, 1903.
(p58, SEPTEMBER 7, 1948) (aside: interesting to note that Wurlitzer is on the same page!)
Memindex, Wilson Company, Rochester, N. Y. Loose - leaf daily memorandum card system . Serial No. 511,916, Sept. 7. Class 37.
Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office. Vol. 614. United States Patent Office, 1948.
When I looked it up in the OED (the Oxford English Dictionary), I discovered to my surprise that it wasn't even in the main volumes but had been added in the Supplement, because the first known written reference in English ("non-fictional wares") occurred in a library journal in 1903. That is to say, "nonfiction" was evidently a term coined by a librarian trying to decide how to label all the works of narrative prose in her collection that weren't fiction, and rather than call them, say, "fact," had thoughtlessly exiled them into the Slough of Non.
According to the Oxford English dictionary, 'non-fiction' was coined in 1903 in a library journal by a librarian attempting to define the opposite of fiction.