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10 Of History’s Most Beautiful Typewriters

I miss seeing the old timey typewriters around town-the smell of the oil, the clack clack clack of the arms stamping letters onto parchment fed through sheet by sheet. The elegance of typewriter design is the basis for this gallery, and I’ve never seen so many gorgeous letter clacking typing machines together in one place! See [...]

A Transparent Typewriter

Swintec’s 2600CC typewriter is a completely modern tool with impressive features such as an 80,000-word dictionary and correction memory. Here’s your puzzle for today: why is it transparent? Make a guess, then click on the link to read the answer. Link -via American Digest

Gingerbread Men in Yoga Poses

These gingerbread men are far more flexible than I am, and they’ve been baked! Patti Paige, who once made a completely edible typewriter out of gingerbread, makes gingerbread men in popular yoga poses. At the link, you can watch her tutorial video on how to make your own. Link -via Bit Rebels | Patti Paige’s Website

The Chromatic Typewriter

Tyree Callahan modified a classic 1937 Underwood Standard typewriter by removing the letters with paint-soaked pads. When he types the right combinations, he can compose paintings. You can see a few landscapes that he’s made with it at the link. Link -via Nag on the Lake

Typewriter Penguin

Jeremy Mayer makes ingenious and often funny sculptures out of typewriter parts. Here’s one of his recent creations: a penguin. Link -via Boing Boing

Retro USB Typewriter

(YouTube Link) Do you miss the feel of a manual typewriter? The USB Typewriter presents itself as “a new and groundbreaking innovation in the field of obsolescence”. This appeals to my retro gene. The modification is easy to install, it involves no messy wiring, and does not change the outward appearance of the typewriter (except for the [...]

Writer in the Window

In 1984, author Georgelle Hirliman got a bad case of writer’s block and decided that she needed to shake things up, so she set up shop with her typewriter in a storefront so passer-bys can come and interact. Georgelle died in 2010, but a new writer named Lauren DeRosa has stepped up to take her [...]

Unique and Unusual Typewriters

Mechanical typewriters go back almost 200 years, or even longer depending on how you define “typewriter”. In the early days, the design was not standardized, and many configurations were tried out. Letters were chosen on a slider in one style, on a disc in another. Another configuration was the Malling-Hansen Writing Ball (featured previously). Eventually, [...]

Hansen’s Writing Ball & Other Unusual Typewriters

“QUANTUM SHOT” #656Link – article by M. Christian and A. Abrams Beautiful Typewriters From ‘The Good Old Days’ Horse and buggies, hoop skirts, steam engines, bustles … oh, yes, life around the turn of the previous century was a delight of simplicity and workmanship. But that doesn’t mean that the artisans and engineers of way-back-when didn’t [...]

College Student Brings Mechanical Typewriter to Class

(YouTube Link) Many college students use laptop computers to take notes during class. The student in this video, as a prank, took an old mechanical typewriter to a lecture for that purpose. The professor gets quite perturbed and asks him to mute the sound effects. via Gizmodo