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The typewriter

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Many — most? — today have never used a typewriter. (I thinking only of the advanced countries of the West, where the typewriter once was common.) They were ingenious devices, and curious habits had to be developed so that no conscious thought was required to strike the “m” key hard and the “.” lightly so the impression on the paper would be the same. The key was to maiintain a regular rhythm, which with practice could be accelerated. In my typing class memories the sound of Leroy Anderson’s “The Syncopated Clock” still is strong.

Written by Leisureguy

24 February 2021 at 1:00 pm

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  1. I learned on a typewriter but became a real typist on keyboards and word processors. It’s been a very long time since I tried an electric one — and of course even longer since I tried a purely mechanical one. I expect the correct-as-you-go nature of word processing may have ruined me for real machines. I’ll have lost the subtleties you mentioned in favor of speed.



    25 February 2021 at 7:00 am

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