Sepia Saturday

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This weeks’s Sepia Saturday prompt is a typewriter. As much as I love computers, there’s something romantic about old typewriters. While I wouldn’t buy one or in most cases prefer to use one, if I found my old one, I’d keep it and probably use it to type envelopes or possibly a letter.

Yet as the video above shows, a lot of kids have little idea of how to type with one since they’ve only seen them in old movies.

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Selectric

I remember that my aunt had a Selectric typewriter and I thought that was “the coolest,” so “easy” to correct mistakes.

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My first typewriter looked a lot like this.

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18 thoughts on “Sepia Saturday

  1. La Nightingail says:

    That first photo of the blind stenographer using a Dictaphone was really something! All those tubes! The video was fun. I like the looks of the small portable. Typewriter companies finally got smart & began creating pretty typewriters that appealed to women!

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    • The blind stenographer must have been so innovative in terms of work for the blind in the early 20th century. Not many opportunities, I imagine.

      It always take a while for companies to figure out women. Why is that?

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  2. jofeath says:

    Great video! Funny how we don’t really remember how hard it was when we only had typewriters – guess we just made do, but computers are a wonderful advance in so many ways.

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  3. gluepot says:

    I remember the first “electronic” typewriters – as opposed to “electric” – which had a small screen displaying one line of text. You typed the line, made any corrections needed, then pressed enter to send it to the keys! How quaint that seems now.

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  4. Oh, what a surprise. I did a double take at the old manual in the first photo. The typewriter my mom used at the Weyl-Zuckerman Farms looked very much like that one. It was probably a relic from their main office in California — they never threw anything away. As a child I thought it was magical.

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