Laser Typewriter

What’s in a name? If that name happens to be “Laser Typewriter,” I can tell that whatever it is, I will at least click on the link. ; ) At first I thought this was some sort of direct keyboard interface for turning laser printers into electric typewriters. It’s not. This is a Laser Typewriter:…

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…

Remington Pioneer 4A: Meet the Spartan

And now for something a little different: presenting the 1938 Rem Rand Pioneer 4A, one of Remington’s most stripped-down, bare-bones portable typewriters made for Depression-era America. It sold new for $15.95¹ and did not come with a case:   The Pioneer 4A is Remington’s second-most bare-bones machine of all time. First prize in no-frills typing…

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…