Tim’s Museum of Obsolete Tech 6

Olympia Traveller de Luxe While researching the history of my mid-size Olympia Regina de Luxe typewriter, I learned of the Traveller model, the last of the compact portables from Olympia. It looked vaguely familiar. I may have seen one when I purchased my no-frills Eaton’s typewriter in early 1980s. I remember eyeing a very cool… Continue reading Tim’s Museum of Obsolete Tech 6

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Tim’s Museum of Obsolete Tech 4

SCM Secretarial 250 Office Electric Of the various typewriters I own, my Smith-Corona has the brand history that most typically illustrates the rise and fall of American manufacturing. Once upon a time in the 1880s, four Smith brothers left the gun manufacturing business and established the Smith-Premier Typewriting Company. In those days, typewriters were often… Continue reading Tim’s Museum of Obsolete Tech 4

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A Subdued Milestone

Several years ago, I joined the Romance Writers of America. I felt membership would help me learn the craft and the business of writing, and that being a member would give me credibility as a writer, and especially as a romance writer. Genre romance is often described as “by women, for women,” but men are… Continue reading A Subdued Milestone

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Tim’s Museum of Obsolete Tech – 3

Speedwriter Manual Portable Typewriter Ignoring any possible historical significance or practical considerations, I obtained this typewriter because it looks like the model my first dad owned – the typewriter of my childhood, not that I ever used it then. But there is some historical significance to this machine. Speedwriter was one of many brand names… Continue reading Tim’s Museum of Obsolete Tech – 3

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Tim’s Museum of Obsolete Technology – Part 1 – Introduction

In which Tim Remembers his Typewriters from the 1980s A couple of years after graduating from high school, I took a night school class to learn how to use a typewriter. I had vague ambitions of wanting to write and/or going to university, and reasoned that learning to type would help. More practically, it was… Continue reading Tim’s Museum of Obsolete Technology – Part 1 – Introduction

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Symbolism

There’s a notion that floats around social media in various forms, suggesting English teachers use symbolism to create meaning where none existed. Had social media been around when I was in high school, I would have clicked “like” on this post. In elementary school, whatever the teacher said was correct. “This story uses colour as… Continue reading Symbolism

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