Friday, February 6, 2009


Long, long ago before people used computers to compose letters and fill out forms there were machines called typewriters. This is my favorite of ALL typewriters. It is the IBM Selectric. You can change type faces by changing the "ball" that presses against the ribbon. When I went to my first school in the Navy I learned to type on a Selectric an when I joined the Fighter Squadron on board the USS Forrestal I used a Selectric. There is something about the sound I find soothing. I acquired this model about 5 or 6 years ago and I use it in my office. There are forms that are easier to fill out using a typewriter. Long story - but it's what makes this photo.
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  1. Cool photo. I remember taking typing class in high school! It was fun. I miss typerwriters!!

  2. This is the exact typewriter I used in high school. When I worked at the credit union, we used a similar one for many, many forms. I agree with you on the sound!

  3. We used to have one of them! I cannot imagine doing the work I do now on one of them!

    Cool photo.

  4. Yep, I remember the IBM selectric from typing class in high school, and my first job. Cool photo!