Thursday, September 22, 2016

the typewriter comes of age

commercially viable typewriters were patented in the period just after the civil war. the challenge of mass producing precise movable parts was met by refinements of earlier industrial methods. the typewriter helped standardized communications and behaviors.

women entered the workforce as clerks and typists, their roles defined in part by these mechanized processes and protocols.

as a side note: here's my olivetti graphica (1958), with its Cassandre typeface. i wrote my first papers here. the best so-called "proportional typewriter" (it's all about spacing between fonts) and that carbon ribbon's indelibly superb mark!