Anyone out there using an electric typewriter? I haven't since college, when I upgraded from my dad's old Smith-Corona Galaxie 12 to some slick electric number (manufacturer forgotten) with such unthinkably amazing features as auto-erase and same-line text correction. I remember it seemed like a miracle that had fallen from some holy plateau at the time, but in my current fit of retro romantic notion, seems crass and inauthentic.
Have I ever linked to this page, a visual history of IBM's electric models over the years? I recently saw a cast-off IBM Selectric in my employer's basement "reclaim" warehouse (a long, industrial-looking hallway dungeon under one of the company's zillion parking garages, full of washed up office equipment thrown overboard during thousands of office moves). It sat there on a shelf, its electrical cord wrapped around it like a chastened tail, its useful life apparently expired. Unless...
I had to walk away. It must have weighed at least 20 pounds. Come on, people! A Selectric! What was I going to do with a Selectric?
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