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(Guardian)   Britain has finally stopped making typewriters. Here are some photos and videos to remind you how cool typewriters used to be back in the day   (guardian.co.uk) divider line 41
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2012-11-22 05:41:53 AM
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The IBM Selectric. Still the best keyboard ever made. I could type faster and with fewer mistakes on that keyboard than any since, with the possible exception of the original Mac keyboards.
 
2012-11-22 07:32:57 AM
FTA: For the hipster, a typewriter stands alongside records and tortoise-shell glasses as a technological high point, when machinery still had soul, and aesthetics were regarded as highly as function

Look, I love to Hipster Bash as much as the next Snarky Bastard, but blithely calling people "hipsters" for appreciating something is just Hipster Elitism! I don't use typewriters, but I respect a well crafted machine which continues to work long after it's life expectancy has expired! Does anyone thing their current computer will be functioning sixty years from now or that anyone will use it as an example of form and function?

Or maybe I'm just sensitive because I collect and use classic film cameras.
 
2012-11-22 07:36:17 AM
www.jonathanrosenbaum.com

It's a little noisy but gets the job done.
 
2012-11-22 10:31:09 AM
I still miss my sky-blue Oliveti.
 
It was the laptop my childhood.  Lovely design.
 
2012-11-22 10:55:48 AM

Ennuipoet: FTA: For the hipster, a typewriter stands alongside records and tortoise-shell glasses as a technological high point, when machinery still had soul, and aesthetics were regarded as highly as function

Look, I love to Hipster Bash as much as the next Snarky Bastard, but blithely calling people "hipsters" for appreciating something is just Hipster Elitism! I don't use typewriters, but I respect a well crafted machine which continues to work long after it's life expectancy has expired! Does anyone thing their current computer will be functioning sixty years from now or that anyone will use it as an example of form and function?

Or maybe I'm just sensitive because I collect and use classic film cameras.


Go sip on a latte, hipster-boy.
 
2012-11-22 11:02:16 AM
I've always liked matrix (or grid) style keyboards:  
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(Not sure what the F40 tag is for, unless it was being auctioned off.) 

If you don't like QWERTY, there is this baby:
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That's right, it's based on the linotype, ETAOIN SHRDLU... 

Of course, it's kind of silly not to have a shift key, but they look cool. A switch to a more efficient layout, like Colemak, might be cool, too.

/Typing this on a TypeMatrix keyboard, actually, though using QWERTY. 
 
2012-11-22 11:09:40 AM

gopher321: Go sip on a latte, hipster-boy.


I could never, in a million years, wedge my fat ass in a pair of skinny jeans, sir!
 
2012-11-22 11:23:17 AM

Snarfangel: I've always liked matrix (or grid) style keyboards:  
[img3.etsystatic.com image 850x637]
(Not sure what the F40 tag is for, unless it was being auctioned off.)


That's the symbol for pound sterling - it's a price tag - so being sold is more likely than auctioned.
 
2012-11-22 11:25:00 AM
I got an old Remington typewriter from my Grandmother when she passed away. The ink on the ribbon still worked after easily ~40 years of disuse


/They knew how to make things back then
//Call me a hipster if you'd like, typewriters are awesome
 
2012-11-22 11:29:01 AM

Snarfangel: (Not sure what the F40 tag is for, unless it was being auctioned off.)



Its a lazy this:
 
www.signnetwork.com
 
2012-11-22 11:33:08 AM

dillengest: Snarfangel: I've always liked matrix (or grid) style keyboards:  
[img3.etsystatic.com image 850x637]
(Not sure what the F40 tag is for, unless it was being auctioned off.)

That's the symbol for pound sterling - it's a price tag - so being sold is more likely than auctioned.


I can see now that you pointed it out. It looked more like an f to me than a £. :)
 
2012-11-22 11:47:59 AM
Sorry about the shaky image.
My father bought this typewriter at a second hand store while he was in college on the GI bill in the late 40's. I learned how to type on that monster and many a term paper was written on it while I was in college just before the age of the affordable computer. My nieces used to use it when they were small. They thought it was "neat" that when you typed on it the words came out on paper and not on a screen, and their children used to love to bang on it and pretend to be doing something important. The thing still works and the ribbons seem to last forever.

i877.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-22 12:06:12 PM
Must have been a blast.

blog.timesunion.com

cache2.allpostersimages.com

blogs.voanews.com
 
2012-11-22 12:18:56 PM
I was wondering what you'd have to do with the plot of Jagged Edge? You couldn't have a typewriter with a dodgy key, could you?
 
2012-11-22 12:24:35 PM
Typewriters are also handy if you need to fill in a form, but most entities have gone electronic there as well.
 
2012-11-22 12:26:08 PM
I have a bunch of Underwood typewriters in varying conditions, all work, it's mostly dust and gunk. But this one here is my favorite, and mine is nearly mint. (this is someone else's photo)
www.johnstowntypewriterconservatory.com
No wear at all and the paint is flawless. I found it under it's cover in the basement when my grandmother died. Doesn't look much like it was ever used.

/I'm also an IBM keyboard dork
 
2012-11-22 12:50:38 PM
www.stuffistumbledupon.com

/cold-dead hands !
 
2012-11-22 01:03:13 PM
Still no cure for typewriter thumb.
 
2012-11-22 01:04:50 PM
What do the hipsters do after they type something? Scan it and send it to their friends?
Also, ipad typewriter.
 
2012-11-22 01:09:15 PM
How could they do this post without the Jerry Lewis bit with a typewriter? Somebody do it for me, I don't know how.
 
2012-11-22 02:31:34 PM
My father in-law still uses his Underwood. And he still writes letters, and his published works were all produced on it.
 
2012-11-22 02:37:43 PM

exyankee: My father in-law still uses his Underwood. And he still writes letters, and his published works were all produced on it.


Wouldn't that be an incredible pain to typeset? You'd have to retype the entire thing into an electronic format or OCR it and then hope to catch all the mistakes introduced.
 
2012-11-22 04:13:40 PM
What was so special about British typewriters?

Did they automatically invert "r" and "e" at the end of words and insert an epenthetic "u" after "o" before stem-final "r"?

/Do their text-to-speech readers remove "r"s from the end of words where they belong and stick them at the end of words where they don't?
 
2012-11-22 04:18:28 PM

demaL-demaL-yeH: What was so special about British typewriters?

Did they automatically invert "r" and "e" at the end of words and insert an epenthetic "u" after "o" before stem-final "r"?

/Do their text-to-speech readers remove "r"s from the end of words where they belong and stick them at the end of words where they don't?


Look to your favourite northern neighbour for people that do this as well.
 
2012-11-22 04:25:29 PM

Nexzus: demaL-demaL-yeH: What was so special about British typewriters?
Did they automatically invert "r" and "e" at the end of words and insert an epenthetic "u" after "o" before stem-final "r"?
/Do their text-to-speech readers remove "r"s from the end of words where they belong and stick them at the end of words where they don't?

Look to your favourite northern neighbour for people that do this as well.


The spelling thing is simple: You bought British typewriters.

/You don't have wandering "r" syndrome, eh.
 
2012-11-22 04:39:11 PM

mr_a: [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x165]

The IBM Selectric. Still the best keyboard ever made. I could type faster and with fewer mistakes on that keyboard than any since, with the possible exception of the original Mac keyboards.


The IBM Model F keyboard is reasonably close, at least as close as we can get on a PC.
 
2012-11-22 04:47:28 PM
I had a few typewriters (down to one: a slick and dangerous looking Royal typewriter from the thirties). Its 80 years old and still looks factory new! I have all the modern gadgets but still use it occasionally. There is a different speed of though when you use a typewriter vs keyboard vs texting that the writing changes slightly.
 
2012-11-22 04:49:29 PM
This is the one I have left:

sevenels.net
 
2012-11-22 04:53:02 PM

Ennuipoet:

Look, I love to Hipster Bash as much as the next Snarky Bastard, but ... *snip* I collect and use classic film cameras.



Yeah, too late... you, The Incredible Sexual Egg AND subby just outed yourself as hipsters and I'm require by Fark/Internetz law to hate you.

/just kidding
//been hating hipster-haters since before it was cool
 
2012-11-22 04:55:27 PM
My middle school's typing classroom was full of 1940s-era manuals. They were so dusty and poorly maintained that they creaked. But I overcame that obstacle to post a heroic 71 WPM in our classroom competition, making me highly desirable in a universe where seventh-grade girls use typing prowess as a criterion to decide who to french.

My secret was a very strong left hand, and good fine-motor control, which I developed by virtue of the fact that I did not live in a universe where typing skills got you any play.
 
Juc
2012-11-22 05:17:24 PM
I've had to use typewriters in the past, and I'm glad they're history.
Word processing on a PC is a million times better.
 
2012-11-22 05:19:50 PM
I do miss my typewriter. I guess I am getting lazy using word processors to produce content these days, but my first works were all pounded out on manual, then later electric typewriters. I learned to type on a manual, and to this day I consider popping into a pawn shop to find a good old typewriter to see if it inspires me.

Of course, anything I produce on a typewriter these days would have to be re-entered into Word, and then converted to various digital formats anyway, so I'm not sure it's worth much more than practice or inspiration at this point.

Still... Sigh, the good old days.
 
2012-11-22 06:24:01 PM
MMMMMMM Typewriters.

i599.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-22 07:24:19 PM
www.etsy.com
 
2012-11-22 07:25:44 PM

Juc: I've had to use typewriters in the past, and I'm glad they're history.
Word processing on a PC is a million times better.


I'm going to have to agree with this. While I can appreciate typewriters as cool mechanical devices, using a word processor is infinitely better. I would love to get back all the hours I spent in school re-typing papers when I discovered a mistake near the bottom of a page.
 
2012-11-22 09:29:40 PM

Snarfangel: That's right, it's based on the linotype, ETAOIN SHRDLU...

Of course, it's kind of silly not to have a shift key, but they look cool. A switch to a more efficient layout, like Colemak, might be cool, too.


Pretty sure that the metal tab on the left side of the machine is the shift lever.
 
2012-11-22 09:49:56 PM
Nothing feels like typing on a Selectric.

I use an IBM Model M for the Computer. It comes kinda close in feel, I love it dearly, and I dig how the M is bombproof.
 
2012-11-23 02:29:57 AM
i.ebayimg.com

Nice until wireless got better.
 
2012-11-23 08:40:56 AM
Dvorak


/no need to slow down now...
 
2012-11-23 03:38:32 PM
Whoa... whoa... whoa. Hold the phone! You mean we once had a way of printing the words that we were keying in without needing a computer? Does anyone else know about this?

You mean that if I hit the "a" key... an "a" would appear on the paper? And it didn't even need electricity?

That's astonishing!
 
2012-11-24 01:26:40 AM

Juc: I've had to use typewriters in the past, and I'm glad they're history.
Word processing on a PC is a million times better.


Until the power goes out. It's an antiquated technology, but it's still a useful one - no matter how sophisticated my gaming rig gets, I'll still keep my portable typewriter & case. It's a lovely machine, it doesn't require power, and it's nice to pull out & use once in a while if only to keep my skills up. In an era of backspacing, spellchecking, and other such aids, the use of a typewriter, every once in a great while, is both humbling and positive.
 
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