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And then there are typewriters...

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by WingedWords, Mar 6, 2021.

  1. WingedWords

    WingedWords Friend of Leo's

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    Following on from the Fountain pen thread.

    Mine's a trusty Royal O from 1936, recently refurbished and smooth as silk.
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  2. Davecam48

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    That's a big leap!!!!!

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    How about a stenograph?

    Hiding in a corner of my shop this relic is from the territorial courts, prior to Alaska statehood.

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    I have no idea how to drive it, but those who did--and still do--can make 'em fly.
     
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    I worked for a company that sold and repaired typewriters for about eight years, 1977-1985.
    We sold new Smith-Corona, and reconditioned IBM typewriters.
    There was a big vat of naphtha for cleaning them, and enough work repairing them for two full time repairmen.
    The company was around for about 50 years, though they've been gone for over 30 years now.
    Typewriters were once common, and heavily used.
    They were indispensable business tools.
    Ancient history.
     
  5. rickthescot

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    I've owned several. Used them to type up my quotes. None of mine were that old, in fact the last one has a correction key. Thought I was in tall cotton, but then came the Apple IIc.
     
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    I have my mother's Smith-Corona portable, which uses a cursive font and a two color ribbon. I typed all my High-school and college reports and papers on it.

    I didn't have a need to type again until we got PC Juniors at work. When my boss found out I could run a keyboard, I was moved upstairs to engineering.

    I found a picture of Mom's typewriter. It has a carrying case too. 1956 "Silent Super"

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  7. bgmacaw

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    My Dad had a Royal like that he got when he went off to college in the early 50's. I learned to type on it. I think he sold it sometime in the 90's.
     
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    A decent typewriter in the 50s cost the equivalent of a new mid-range MIA Telecaster today...about $1200.00

    Thanks to this thread, I found that Mom's old typewriter is a reasonably sought-after collectable. The pink color plus the cursive font makes it scarce. A few hundred...not the lottery. :(
     
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    We still have my wife's 1978 Smith Corona Coronamatic 2200 my wife's parents bougt her for college. Here's what it looks like:

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    Bob
     
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    Well, I pawned my Smith-Corona
    And I went to meet my man
    He hangs out down on Alvarado Street
    By the Pioneer Chicken stand
     
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    No IBM Selectric love here?

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    Not long after these became affordable, they became obsolete....
     
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    I love looking at these things. I had one in high school, and used one extensively for many years in my working life. I was in the logistics field, doing exports, and had to type many original customs documents. There's a lot of paperwork in international shipping. Even when computers entered the work force and became common, programs for customs documents were woefully lacking. Typing the docs was the only way for a long time. I still remember the day they took away my IBM Selectric II - and brought me a Selectric III. Way cool!
     
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    I remember buying an electric typewriter, just a year before getting our Packard-Bell 'with Pentium!'
     
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    What is this here new-fangled gizmo?!
     
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    So the monitor is detachable?
     
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    My Grandmother who was Mr Baring's personal secretary during the first World war used an Underwood

    (Barings used to be a Bank before their adventurous nature killed them and many others off in 1995)
     
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    It is the typewriter equivalent of Mitch Miller’s bouncing ball....:p
     
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    This thread is getting me sooooo.........mmmmmm.......

    I have a typewriter “thing”

    Also have a thing for rotary phones.....mmmmmm

    We had an old typewriter and phone as toys in kindergarten....I went TWICE!
     
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    I had one nearly identical to that one that my Grandmother gave me. Also had a Corona one. I used to write poetry with it. Made me think of smoking my pipe and reading Poe, Yeats, Rimbaud, Brautigan, and Blake. I gave one away and I don’t remember what happened to the other one. Also remember working on the later ones.
     
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    I had a Smith-Corona (Would be bad marketing now).
    I remember when our department got its first IBM Selectric.

    Typewriters, cameras with film, slide rules, Walkman CD players, CRT monitors..among the many items relegated to the dust bin of obsolete items.
     
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