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Jilted because he used a typewriter!

From the Brown & Holland Shorthand News, August 1885 —

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The great power apocalypse of 2019…

Recent text message:

PG&E Safety Alert: Due to weather forecast PG&E may turn off the power on 10/09/2019. Prepare a plan. More info…

After the catastrophic fires in Northern California the last couple of years, the regional electric company — Pacific Gas & Electric — is contemplating shutting down power for thousands of customers, yours truly included. This is to prevent a fallen line from starting a fire.

Checklist:

  • Generator, check (but probably won’t use it)
  • Battery-powered lights, check (and, yes, I’ll use them)
  • Typewriter, check (manual, not electric)
  • Good book, check (several, reading The Sport of the Gods presently)

I’m looking forward to possibly losing power. Nothing is more retro than a good (even planned) power outage.

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Remington is still the standard (1892)

Nearly antique in 1892, the Remington Standard No. 2 was still favored by some stenographers because, well, simply put: it worked.

From The Stenographer (Philadelphia), June 1892 —

A slew of astounded typists responded in several succeeding issues, arguing that indeed there were many improved machines since the No. 2.

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Pitched off the saloon table

From The Phonographic World, October 1892 —

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Interview with Bar-Lock representative (1895)

We are accustomed to product reviews, announcements, and launches, and in several generations, collectors of antique smartphones will have ready access to innumerable source materials. For collectors of antique typewriters, finding source materials can be difficult, but in this age of digital archives, less difficult each time a document is posted on the internet.

In 1895, The Phonetic Journal interviewed W. J. Richardson, a London retailer of the Bar-Lock typewriter, that marvelously ornate machine with a double keyboard. This interview is presented here.

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