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Typewriter Collector and Historian. Sports historian. Writer.
Typewriter Collector and Historian. Sports historian. Writer.

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The Rise of Female Political Journalism Down Under (I)
Pioneering
Canberra political correspondent Gay Davidson - born Miringa Gay  Yandle  at
Aranui, Christchurch, New Zealand, and a product of the Christchurch Press - has been inducted into the Australian
Media Hall of Fame . The hall, a promotion from the Me...

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Gerda Taro and her Remington Model 1 Portable Typewriter
Gerda Taro photographed by Fred Stein using her Remington Model 1 portable typewriter. Groundbreaking German photojournalist Gerda Taro , crushed to death by a charging Loyalist tank outside Madrid during the Spanish Civil War in 1937, is the subject of tod...

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Happiness is a Warm Typewriter - 50 Years on from The Beatles' White Album
The Pop-Art Olivetti Valentine came out three months after "The White Album" Geoffrey Lee-Martin: Sent to the South Pole in shame? Can it really be half a century ago? Surely not! How old am I? But I can remember it as clearly as if it was yesterday. I was ...

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The Poppy-Red Portable Typewriter
POPPY-RED Now everything is Poppy-red Poppy-red, Poppy-red In loving memory Now everything is Poppy-red Poppy-red, Poppy-red The gifts she gave to me In loving memory, memory - Richard Thompson Had an urge to keep my hand in by giving a typewriter a new, br...
The Poppy-Red Portable Typewriter
The Poppy-Red Portable Typewriter
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Once Upon a Time in the White House: Pioneer Press Secretary Who Put a Premium on the Truth
In October 1954, White House Press Secretary in the Eisenhower Era, Jim Hagerty , watches as Dorothy Rochon Powers (1921-2014), legendary reporter with the Spokane Spokesman-Review , types up her story on a Royal about President Dwight D. Eisenhower 's arri...

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The Homecoming Typewriting Author - Lloyd C. Douglas Goes Back to Columbia City, Indiana
Lloyd C. Douglas at his Remington Rand typewriter Four days before the June 22, 1938, official release in New York City of the movie  White Banners , Warner Brothers came up with the strange idea of staging a " World P remière " in a Midwest township of 380...

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Aladdin’s Cave of Typewriters in Canberra
The Remington J (export version of a Junior) was sold briefly in Australia in 1918.  They sold for  £14, compared to  £24 for a new standard visible Remington, but quickly became a rarity here. In 1925, a second-hand if rarely used Remington J could still f...

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Me and Norman Greenbaum
It's coming up for 14 years now since I completed my "One-Hit Wonders" series in The Canberra Times . I'm still not allowed to forget it. It's rare that a month goes by when someone doesn't ask, "Remember those 'One-Hit Wonders' articles?" How could I not? ...
Me and Norman Greenbaum
Me and Norman Greenbaum
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On Board with the World's Fastest Typist: Otis Blaisdell's Grand World Typewriter Tour - 15 Nations in 12 Months (And Mom Went Too)
Harrison Otis Blaisdell (1886-1960) Otis Blaisdell with an Underwood No 4 in 1910. For his exhibitions across America and around the world, Blaisdell often spurned the use of "souped up" championship-ready Underwood 5s, to prove he could type just as quickl...

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Who Links the First Typewriter to Fly, Alexander Graham Bell, the Eastman Kodak Developing Machine and Sydney Airport? Annie Lepley, That's Who
The front page picture story in The Washington Times of May 3, 1911, sadly records Annie Lepley's name incorrectly as "Sepley", no doubt helping to condemn this pioneering typist her to a life of relative obscurity. Annie Bertrand Lepley was a 26-year-old s...
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