She Reads that Which Cannot be Read

A “commonplace” book from the 17th century. BEINECKE FLICKR LABORATORY/CC BY 2.0

There’s an article posted at Atlas Obscura about Linda Watson and her company, Transcription Services. She specializes in reading the unreadable. Following is an excerpt from the article.

ON ANY GIVEN DAY, FROM her home on the Isle of Man, Linda Watson might be reading a handwritten letter from one Confederate soldier to another, or a list of convicts transported to Australia. Or perhaps she is reading a will, a brief from a long-forgotten legal case, an original Jane Austen manuscript. Whatever is in them, these documents made their way to her because they have one thing in common: They’re close to impossible to read.

Watson’s company, Transcription Services, has a rare specialty—transcribing historical documents that stump average readers. Once, while talking to a client, she found the perfect way to sum up her skills. “We are good at reading the unreadable,” she said. That’s now the company’s slogan.

Read the full article.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

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