Friday, March 20, 2015

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Grants 707 Gullwing Electric typewriter

Here you see the gullwing ribbon covers (also found on some Vosses):

(Clarification: the '74 Christmas season and a month thereafter.)

The spinning shaft with three flanges is the horizontal piece in focus in this photo (obviously, the typewriter is turned off):


Here are all the ads I could find:

Gouverneur (NY) Tribune-Press, September 4, 1974:

 Ft. Walton Beach (FL) Playground Daily News, December 8, 1974:

Medina (OH) Medina City Gazette, December 13, 1974:

Salem (OH) News, December 31, 1974:

Oneonta (NY) Daily Star, January 22, 1975:

Monday, March 9, 2015

More typing from first-graders

Here's some more delightful typewritten prose from Brad Coulter's first-grade class in Kirkland, Washington. Brad has collected it in three short books:

Among the highlights:

Thanks to Mr. Coulter and the authors!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

On Turing tests, robowriters, and typewriters as symbol and reality


From one of the most popular poets in the world:


 Real typing or unreal?


New York Times story:

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Thank you, computer

A brief dispatch from the digital domain: I'm working hard to produce a final-final text for my book, using MS Word's Track Changes and Comment features to respond to my very good copyeditor's queries and make a few last adjustments.

This is one job I would not want to do by typewriter.