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Giving my 10 cent story project a home

I've been busking with a typewriter for two years now, and recently began collecting the stories and photos of the people asking for stories. I had an article about it published in The Toast and it was also the subject of an FPP a few weeks back, but I'm struggling to give the project a permanent home on the web. I've been putting the stories on twitter, but it's not really a good fit. [more inside]
posted by Archibald Edmund Binns on Sep 29, 2015 - 10 answers

Stuck manual typewriter letter hammers

I'm looking for a video of someone hitting keys too fast on a manual typewrite and causing the letter hammers to get stuck to each other. Anyone got a link? [more inside]
posted by StimulatingPixels on Jan 8, 2015 - 5 answers

Help me pick out a typewriter for an aspiring novelist

Mrs. Thistledown has been working on a novel, but getting motivation to write has been difficult since she spends most of her workday staring at a computer screen. Coming home to stare at another one to write is hard for her. A typewriter on the other hand... [more inside]
posted by Thistledown on Apr 11, 2014 - 12 answers

Can you help me to find an Electric Typewriter with Memory?

I'm looking for a typewriter that will store what I'm writing so that I can transfer it to a computer. I am trying to manage my internet addiction and want a machine that will allow me to write without letting me do the internet thing. Can you help?
posted by overglow on Mar 23, 2014 - 12 answers


Can anyone recommend a typewriter repairman for a Selectric III in Wisconsin? Preferably in the Madison area, but I can head to Milwaukee, or even Chicago, or really anyplace to find a sage of the whippletree.
posted by Hoenikker on May 7, 2013 - 4 answers

Buying a Typewriter with history

I would like to buy a semi-famous typewriter. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on May 20, 2012 - 5 answers

How to Survive a Bear Attack and Selling Typewriters, in Literature

Help me find two pieces of literature I read about thirty years ago, one a short story, the other a poem. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Mar 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me identify the clich├ęd sound effect used to label locations in certain films and tv shows.

Is there a real world referent for that bleeping typing noise used in some films as a text (usually a location note) appears on the screen? It's a similar thing to that chunka-chunka typing sound used in the X-Files when the location of a new scene would be announced, but it's like a very rapid, high-pitched "beedeebeedeebeedeebeep" sound played while the letters appear. [more inside]
posted by col_pogo on Jan 18, 2012 - 20 answers

Help identify this Remington Rand typewriter model

Does anyone have any information on this old Remington Noiseless typewriter? Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by comradestu on Sep 28, 2011 - 5 answers

What word processing appliance did I have back in 1983/4?

Google ninjas: What word processing appliance did I have back in 1983/4? [more inside]
posted by tippiedog on Sep 1, 2011 - 5 answers

Looking for a new manual typewriter that will last...

I want to buy a manual typewriter, that I will not have trouble finding paper/ink/ribbons for... [more inside]
posted by sawyerrrr on Jul 29, 2011 - 11 answers

Fix my typewriter?

How do I fix this broken typewriter? [more inside]
posted by jaynewould on Jun 18, 2011 - 2 answers

Can you decipher this code on a 1912 postcard?

Can you decipher this code on a 1912 postcard? [more inside]
posted by gluechunk on Dec 20, 2010 - 6 answers

Where can I find typewriter paper?

Where can I find (modern/non-vintage) typewriter paper? Does anybody make it anymore? [more inside]
posted by 1000monkeys on Jul 12, 2010 - 5 answers

What is the earliest canonical work of literature written on a typewriter?

What is the earliest canonical work of literature written on a typewriter? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on May 19, 2010 - 16 answers

Bizarre use of typewriters by US cops in the 2000s

I started watching The Wire. The first episode depicts the Baltimore narcotics division spending much of their day writing paperwork on typewriters. When they make a mistake they use white-out. In 2002. What the hell? [more inside]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on May 14, 2010 - 40 answers

How can I make my Oliver No. 5 typewriter shine?

How can I best make my typewriter look like this typewriter? [more inside]
posted by katillathehun on Aug 28, 2009 - 1 answer

What is the laptop of manual typewriters?

Are there manual portable typewriter that can fit in my bag for nomadic letter writing? The brands that seem available seem so unwieldy that I could not see carrying them around. [more inside]
posted by elationfoundation on Jul 31, 2009 - 15 answers

What typewriter ribbon fits in a Remington 9?

What kind of typewriter ribbon fits a Remington 9? [more inside]
posted by learn to read on Dec 22, 2008 - 6 answers

What model of typewriter is this?

What type of typewriter is this? I know it's a Royal Typewriter, but beyond that, I'm not really sure. Any idea what timeframe, or anything really? Not too many resources available online, at least none that show this guy. Looks like Sylvia Plath's typewriter, but I can't find what model that is... Here's photos of my Royal on my picasa page Thanks a ton guys! bc
posted by quickasfoxes on Dec 15, 2008 - 4 answers

Make writing more satisifying with sound effects!

Make writing more satisifying with sound effects! *Tahtikkatakkatahtakkatikkatitakkatahtitakkatitatakka-ka-CHUNG* [more inside]
posted by Citizen Premier on Oct 27, 2008 - 4 answers

Not my type!

I'm trying to find a manual typewriter with a cursive font [more inside]
posted by alcopop on Oct 27, 2008 - 2 answers

How can I preserve Douglas Adams' typewriter?

How can I preserve Douglas Adams' typewriter for the ages? And more generally, how do museums handle item donations and loans? [more inside]
posted by The Shiny Thing on Jul 16, 2008 - 16 answers

Dirty type on a manual typewriter. How do I improve it?

TyperwriterFilter: Why is my manual typewriter's type "dirty"? Can I clean it up by technique or maybe a different ribbon? [more inside]
posted by long haired lover from liverpool on May 11, 2008 - 20 answers

My anachronism's broken.

Low-tech repair help needed. I have acquired a Royal Quiet De Luxe manual typewriter (The World's First Truly Modern Portable Typewriter!). The booklet has a 1948 copyright date. The cord that pulls the carriage is broken, though, and I'm not sure exactly how to thread a replacement one. Does anybody have one of these typewriters who could take a photo of the back, or otherwise instruct me?
posted by fish tick on Apr 27, 2008 - 2 answers

Manual typewriter -- where from, and what brand?

Want to buy a manual (not electric) typewriter in the UK. What brand and where from? Not interested in vintage -- should be working and practical.
posted by long haired lover from liverpool on Apr 24, 2008 - 11 answers

Identify my Dad's Vintage Typewriter

Help identify my father's Korean war-era typewriter. [more inside]
posted by LastOfHisKind on Feb 16, 2008 - 4 answers

How to move typewriter floppy disk to a PC

An 80s technology throwback question for you. A paralegal in our office has an IBM Wheelwriter 50 Series II (6788) typewriter that she uses for all her wordprocessing. It's from 1988. It has a little computer monitor attached to it that accepts 3.5" floppies. I'm trying to help her move to a PC, but she doesn't want to lose all the documents she has stored on these floppies. I've tried reading the floppies with MS Word and Wordperfect on a PC, but it comes up as nonsense. I've also tried using a utility called CanOpener and OmniFlop with no success. Any other ideas on a utility/process to move the documents over to a PC-readable format?
posted by banger100 on Jul 13, 2007 - 22 answers

This webcomic meant a lot to me when I read it, now I've lost it...

Tracking down a specific webcomic: Starts with the protagonist hiding from his landlord, then details his past ambitions towards working in the tech-industry--eventually culminating in a trip to a futurism convention that sours him on the whole thing. He finds a typewriter at a garage sale and resolves to live a simple, working-class life and write a lot... sound familiar? Thanks.
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Jun 18, 2007 - 5 answers

Royal typewriter missing keys?

I received an older Royal portable typewriter this weekend, which is the Quiet De Luxe model. It's in great shape, but I'm puzzled about one thing. It is completely missing the "1" key and the "+ / =" key (so, the keys on the edge of the top row, other than "back space" and "tab.") All of the hammers are accounted for with keys, and I don't see anything that is obviously missing mechanically. Any idea why this keyboard just wouldn't have these keys?
posted by hominid211 on Sep 18, 2006 - 16 answers

Where can I find a Russian typewriter?

Any idea where I could buy a Russian (Cyrillic) typewriter? [more inside]
posted by ORthey on Feb 15, 2006 - 4 answers

Stenographer's Typewriter

How does a stenographer's typewriter work?
posted by tomharpel on Mar 12, 2004 - 3 answers

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