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The Remette

Posted in Films, Found Item, Hotties, I do stuff!, Muzak, Soul-Crushing Materialism, TEEVee, Typewriters, Vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2011 by effingjro

Well, nothing has proven to me the efficacy of the portable typewriter as much as my experience yesterday, lugging a “portable” (read: still way too heavy) typewriter through the streets of Philadelphia. The Philly Type-In was a whole lot of fun, and I really liked meeting some fellow typewriter enthusiasts (at best, most people just sort of raise their eyebrows when I talk about typewriters, then make some comment about getting their fingers stained, so this was a nice change).

What I learned, though, was that I need a lighter typewriter, and one that types faster. Today I found both in one – meet the Remette. Funny thing is, it’s the oldest of all my typewriters, and it also works the best.

What’s that, you ask? Is that a cedilla on the lower right? Hell yes it is. I don’t even know how to make a cedilla on this computer. ¸ OK, that spot you just saw is technically a cedilla, but it looks nicer on this key…

And, to see how it writes, check on my typecast below (it writes really well).

A barely related update: Nope, didn’t watch any of the Super Bowl at all. Did hear Christina fumbled the words a bit during the anthem, and it was Fergie, not Lea Michele during halftime. Frankly, no one is listening that closely to the words in the anthem anyway, but I’d say old Xtina needs to lay off her pipes a bit – to me they sound ragged, especially at the end. Bummer.

A postscript: I know I haven’t been updating much lately, but stay tuned for some vinyl I’m putting online, some great pictures from old issues of LIFE and LOOK, and generally a lot of other stuff that happened before I was born.

Typewriter Evangelism

Posted in I do stuff!, Man Appreciation Post, Photos, Uncategorized, Vintage with tags , , , , , on September 8, 2010 by effingjro

In 1923 the Herkimer County Historical Society published The Story of the Typewriter on the fiftieth anniversary of the first widely-manufactured typewriter, the Remington No. 1 (1873). Herkimer County published the book because Ilion, NY was an industrial center in that county – that’s where the Remington Company produced guns, sewing machines, and typewriters. Their first manufactured typewriter looked like this:

Which, you notice, is aesthetically not so different from a Remington sewing machine:

In contrast, an 1875 Remington pistol:

Apparent proof that pretty typewriters and sewing machines were for ladies, guns were for guys. And despite all kinds of romantic images of brooding Raymond Chandler types hulking over their typewriters with cigarettes and Scotch, typewriters were often considered the provenance of lady typists. In fact, Christopher Latham Sholes, the inventor of the typewriter pictured, said of his machine “I feel that I have done something for the women who have always had to work so hard. This will enable them to more easily earn a living.” What a guy Sholes was, giving the ladies a leg up.

The good people of the Herkimer County Historical Society thought he was swell, too. (Duh, his typewriter helped put them on the map). In fact, they say this about him, which is almost hysterically congratulatory:

“He was always a visionary, and one of his visions was of a human Utopia which should witness the abolition of greed and poverty and the dawn of universal love. Call him a dreamer if you will, but one day he dreamed a dream which he proceeded to translate into a wonderful reality, which has placed the whole world in his everlasting debt.” – The Story of the Typewriter, 1923

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