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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.

Selectric

Selectric

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

typewriter

My first typewriter looked a lot like this.

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18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. The Coastal Crone
    Jun 20, 2015 @ 11:43:00

    Too funny! I would not go back either but I learned to type on a manual.

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  2. kristin
    Jun 20, 2015 @ 12:07:51

    I loved that video of the kids! Too funny.

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  3. La Nightingail
    Jun 20, 2015 @ 13:32:22

    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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    • smkelly8
      Jun 21, 2015 @ 09:35:20

      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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  4. luvviealex
    Jun 20, 2015 @ 16:59:04

    Very cute video. So hard to believe that I am a dinosaur ūüėČ

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  5. Deb Gould
    Jun 20, 2015 @ 19:01:29

    That old Dictaphone is amazing — what a complicated system that poor woman had to operate! Now we do all of it with an IPhone!

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  6. violet s
    Jun 20, 2015 @ 20:28:07

    It took me a long time to learn that I didn’t need to press so hard on the keys of the computer keyboard!

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  7. boundforoz
    Jun 21, 2015 @ 08:51:29

    I suddenly have memories of putting in the carbon paper and getting smudges on the finger tips from it.

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  8. postcardy
    Jun 21, 2015 @ 16:05:42

    Old typewriters look like great toys for kids–much better than the toy typewriters that they used to make for kids. They probably cost less now than new toys.

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  9. jofeath
    Jun 22, 2015 @ 08:00:27

    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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  10. Wendy
    Jun 22, 2015 @ 16:32:41

    Typing with a dictaphone – now that was a skill!

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  11. gluepot
    Jun 22, 2015 @ 17:28:50

    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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  12. Joan
    Jun 23, 2015 @ 13:12:15

    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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