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Stop typing, and pray

From The Salt Lake Herald, January 18, 1905 –

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The “Fay” typewriter

As I scour digital archives of phonographic journals, I’m always on the lookout for a previously unknown machine, which is no small task given that collectors have exhaustively researched the subject. Occasionally, I come across a fraudulent machine, which either never existed or else fell wildly short of expectations. To this, I add the “Fay.”

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“Oh, that my words were written with an iron pen”

From Bengough’s Cosmopolitan Shorthand Writer (Toronto), November 1882 –

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8,425 pounds of energy!

Perhaps Strava should add “typing” as an activity… From Frank Harrison’s Shorthand Weekly, 1891 –

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A white Corona 3

Until colored enamels had been developed, black was the color of choice. Occasionally, companies would produce white or ivory machines, such as the Corona 3 in the window display above, or the Remington Portable [No. 1] which was issued in limited numbers in “ivory” in 1924.

These machines are highly collectible, but hard to detect. Rebuilt typewriters were sometimes repainted, so identifying an original machine can be difficult.

From Typewriter Topics, April 1922 —

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