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The American Typewriter: Perfect for boys and girls

Worth noting: 3,000 machines sold by 1894. From Scientific American, Dec. 1, 1894 —

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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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