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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 9
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2012-11-22 05:19:50 PM  
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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 04:55:27 PM  
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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.
2012-11-22 04:39:11 PM  
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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 11:47:59 AM  
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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.

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2012-11-22 11:29:01 AM  
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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 11:23:17 AM  
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Snarfangel: 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.)


That's the symbol for pound sterling - it's a price tag - so being sold is more likely than auctioned.
2012-11-22 07:36:17 AM  
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www.jonathanrosenbaum.com

It's a little noisy but gets the job done.
2012-11-22 07:32:57 AM  
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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 05:41:53 AM  
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upload.wikimedia.org

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.
 
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