Remington 9: Slightly Noisier Noiseless 8, Still Pretty Great

My last Noiseless 8 post  got a lot wrong. Unbeknownst to me the machine I featured and used for that typecast was in fact a Remington 9. I will either delete or heavily re-work that Noiseless 8 post; in the meantime I thought I’d take this opportunity to write about the Remington 9, a somewhat…

1932 Remington Noiseless 8 – Pre-War Ultimate Typing Machine

I have a history with the Remington Noiseless 8, dating back to when I first contemplated buying a manual typewriter on which to teach myself proper typing technique. I now own three of these fine writing machines and consider them worthy contenders for the title of Ultimate Typing Machine (pre-War division). It’s time I reviewed…

No More Typewriters

Before getting into typewriters, I used to dabble in vintage computing and computer history. I stumbled across this old memo from Apple Computer last night, thanks to The Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. It’s written by Mike Scott, Apple’s first CEO, and is possibly the first example of Apple’s mandatory Kool-Aid drinking policy which became a…

Wide Carriages

It’s a morning of musings, it seems. One search led to another, which in turn led to wandering around as one does on the Internet (so productive!), which led me to this great ad from 1913: Monarch Typewriter ad featuring wide carriage options. (1913 U. of Maine Prism Magazine Yearbook) No, this isn’t a holiday…

Typewriter Factory: Robotron, Dresden, East Germany (DDR), 1987

I came across two photos of the Robotron factory in 1980’s Dresden, East Germany. They’re great snapshots of the people, place, and the time in which typewriter manufacturing was starting to wane in the German Democratic Republic (GDR). The photos were obtained from Wikipedia’s German site under Creative Commons license, with permission from the original…