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The New York Times
April 5, 1914

Reformed Spelling Marks Letters Received by Local Company.

The sales department of a local automobile company receives some odd letters from prospective purchasers and others, especially amusing in their original long-hand state.  Following is a short sample:

"I apreash you ofor and think the car is a good value for that price, I can not full full you ofor but will dry to get some of my friends to got a car in this neabor hood for a Demorstater.  I have an 5 Pasanger if it was not for my familey I wood have the runabout.

"I will call and see you when I come later on.  exquse this writing I was in a hurry."

This is another example, concerning trucks:

"Send me your Catalogee & Prise and Termes.  I Think I can Plase a 1 Tun Truck for you if your can Giv the Party 1 or 2 years time on Sa ½ Half.  The Party I speak of Wants the Truck to Cary U. S. M. 17 miles on Sand Road  Will yours truck Pull a Sand Road Loded.  if you think it will I am Prity sure We can Sell him a $750 Tun Truck the Truck must Be a Wid Tred as all Waguns has a Wid Tred Please let me no at once."

The company is making a collection of exhibits in this character.

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