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RetroTech: How to Use a Typewriter

Hi-tech in its day - the earlier models required no electricity (hence some of these still being used in countries such as India). Innovations such as carbon paper for making carbon copies (today's term in e-mailing for cc or carbon copy originates from this), ringing bells, and correction fluid (anyone remember Tippex?) were in common use back then.

I still remember having to use a typewriter to fill in vehicle summary forms at the end of every month and no errors were allowed. Sometimes I typed four or five forms out as I hit an incorrect key.

Later on electric typewriters made their appearance with their own innovations like golf balls that came on an IBM Selectric (see one of these in action at https://youtu.be/kLySMIzASNE) and which also had a "correcting key".

You can watch a short video on how to use a vintage typewriter at https://youtu.be/FkUXn5bOwzk. And for a real retro look you can watch Typewriter Training: "Basic Typing I: Methods" 1943 US Navy Training Film at https://youtu.be/FCpZ3CP7IAs.
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An obscure publication featuring Chris Marker's ingenious layout techniques and sense of humor. Courtesy of Christophe Chazalon, of chrismarker.ch fame...
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Helping create more te reo Māori resources, this awesome one is by Haimona Gardiner! #Maori   #indigenous   #HaimonaGardiner  
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Helping create more te reo Māori resources, this awesome one is by Haimona Gardiner! #Maori   #indigenous   #HaimonaGardiner  
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Build Your Own Circuits: Music from Outer Space madman (and 'Analog Synthesizers' author) Ray Wilson shares the second half of his 'Constructing the Battery Signal Generator' tutorial on our blog today. http://bit.ly/1fOZZED
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