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Not useful until its character had been blackened

Our purpose is served in giving, for the first time, the true life story of a typewriter ribbon, and this prominence is well deserved because of the fact that the typewriter ribbon, working silently in the machine, represents today one of the most important mediums of writing that we have.

The following narrative appeared in Office Appliances, a trade magazine, in 1916…

Second page…

© 2018, Mark Adams. All rights reserved.

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  • Bill M November 20, 2018, 10:02 am

    The important part of the typewriter, and we take it for granted. Nice story.

  • T. Munk November 20, 2018, 10:49 pm

    kind of relentlessly depressing, actually. 😀

    • Mark Adams November 21, 2018, 4:37 am

      Oh, so depressing. I only hope the author penned this piece on a typewriter, and not by long-hand!

  • Richard P November 22, 2018, 1:56 am

    Typewriter ribbons were woven by hand in Switzerland? Who knew!
    The second half of the story is like Kafka’s attempt at an advertising brochure.

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