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    I was in high school around this time, was required to take typing.  Absolutely standard.

    It was simple.  In addition to one or two tabs in from the margin for new paraghraps or indents, any decent typist would have a dead-center tab set (I think it was at point 52, but this was a loooongggg time ago).

    For the dateor salutation on a non-block letter, you would hit the center tab and start typing.  For a centered title or memo, you would go to the center point, spell the title out in your head and hid the back key every other letter.  When you got to the end, you would start typing.  This may sound absolutely archaic in this day and age, but it was quick and efficient back then, and every decent typist knew how to do it.

    Also, keep in mind that format was much more formal back then.  
    To this day it drives me crasy that Microsoft word only place three lines between the date and addressee in a letter when it should be four.  

    Just to make it clear; I am not now, nor have I ever been a secretary or member of a typing pool(not that there is anything wrong with being one), I'm just using myself as an example of how basic and common perfectly centering a line in a letter was.

    Just putting things in context.....

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