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Good Friday

Composed on an Olivetti Lexikon 82 using a Pride 10 Smith Corona printing element. Manuscript above: First page of the autograph: Passio secundum Joannem.

Johannes Passion BWV 245 – Harnoncourt

Arvo Part – Passio

Evangelium passionis et mortis Domini (Gregorian Chant)

God bless on this Good Friday.

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The Man Who Would Change the World

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This 1937 quiz won’t track you

Richard Polt reflects on the latest controversy regarding Facebook here. After describing the insecurity of the world-wide web, he writes, “The privacy problem also extends to the voluntary oversharing that the Internet encourages. The default setting for our existence is worldwide publicity.”

Well, the survey above will not track you, hound you, or expose you. Your answers, though can make for a lively dinner conversation… (Oh, and if you share your responses in the comments section, it will create a lively conversation here.)

New Yorkers’ answers to these questions below,
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Remington Standard Typewriter (Model 19)

A majestic model

The first “standard” typewriter was manufactured by Remington in the late 1800s, and models extended into the 1960s and late 1970s. Initially, a standard typewriter was any machine with a four-row QWERTY keyboard, but ultimately the term designated a desktop model. This Model 19 dates to the 1960s, and has a plastic encasement and stylized key-tops. The machine pictured above resides in my classroom. It was donated by Los Altos Business Machines, an establishment that counts Tom Hanks among its customers!

The keytops are a striking feature on this machine: white tops with solid-tone base. Other models from this period, mostly portables, also display these keytops, such as the Starfire, the Fleetwing, and the Monarch. While I like the appearance of these keytops, the typing experience is a bit odd. It may be the shallow divots are too small for larger fingers. That said, once a person begins typing, the experience is satisfying.

In one advertisement, Remington boasts, “New typing ease through modern engineering. The fastest, most responsive typing action yet.” In my estimation, the Model 19 is a fine machine, but not necessarily the most responsive.

Typing sample

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This, too, will type again

More and more, I’m lining my classroom with manual and electric typewriters. Students have been migrating to these machines, and they are crafting poems, writing stories, and composing lyrics. Though I possess little aptitude mechanically, I can get a machine into basic running condition. I hope to do so with this Facit T1, which was originally employed at a high school in the Bay Area some decades ago. Somewhere, in my files, are some ephemera from that period. I’ll post that material as it surfaces.

As seen at TypewriterDatabase.com (ser. no. T1-133882).

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