New to Shorthand

Hi Everyone,
I just purchased a 1919 copy of the Anniversary Edition for about $3 and couldn't pass it up.  I've never tried shorthand before, but I can remember my grandmother writing out grocery lists and such with it.  Since all of you have MUCH more experience in this than I do, do you think that it's crazy for me to try to teach myself shorthand out of this copy?  Yes, I know that the editions have improved over the years, but I think there's something interesting about learning out of such an old book.  Any thoughts?

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