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Title: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: Camazotz Automat on April 07, 2021, 07:51:52 PM
TRUE DETECTIVE
Season 3
episode 8

"1980 Detective Wayne Hayes" discovers his banishment to the Public Information department will feature his being assigned to a desk w/ a blue  IBM Selectric II typewriter for 8 hours a day.  In that scene, four more Selectric IIs are seen on other desks. True Detective Season 3 was bat-shit crazy with Selectric IIs.
Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: THRUST MEATNOZZLE on April 07, 2021, 08:08:03 PM
I once was lost.. But Now Am Found.
Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: Camazotz Automat on April 07, 2021, 11:16:05 PM
I once was lost.. But Now Am Found.

Testify!

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Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: TigerLily on April 08, 2021, 10:34:43 PM
                Blue Selectric IIs.                       to the tune of Wooden Ships

If you smile at me I will understand
That you can touch touch type
When I can only hunt and peck at best

I will dictate, my friend, and you type the words
All we need now is a few sheets of 20 pound bond
To write the story of our lives

Blue Selectric IIs alone in the store room
Rusted and dusty from long misuse
They still have purpose and a story to tell
We'll grab them and run from this digital Hell
Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: Camazotz Automat on April 09, 2021, 01:36:11 PM
Special thanks to TigerLily for inspiration.

Also, I suppose I have to acknowledge a tad of influence, some teeny weeny, itsy bitsy amount, really - a mere atom of attribution - to the talent that was/is a barlely heard of music group called Queen and their never heard of before B-side song,  entitled FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS.

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"Font-Ball That Whirls"
by Camazotz Automat

Ah
You gonna type  me home tonight
Ah
Down beside that desk lamp light
Ah
You gonna let it all bang out
Font-ball that whirls 
You make the writing world go round

Hey!

I was just a skinny grad
Never knew good words from bad
But I could laugh before I had my misery
(huh)
Left alone with big-keyed QWERTY
She was such a Shift Key flirty
Selectric Rose, you made a writer out of me

Hey hey!

I've been typing with my hands
On the internet, across broadband,
I've seen every word processor on the way
(hey)
But their software and their files
Caught a virus after a while
Take me to them Selectric Twos  every time

C'mon!

Ah
Won't you type me home tonight?
Ah
Down beside your desk lamp light
Ah
And you give it all you got
Font-ball that whirls
You make the writing world go round
Font-ball that whirls
You make the writing world go round

Hey, listen here!

I got deadlines and dead phones
Fingers heavier than stones
Ain't no WiFi spot in this locality
(I tell you)
Oh, but I still write that caper
Got my twenty-four pound paper
Red IBM, you done made a wordsmith outta me
(now get this)

Oh
(I know)
You gonna type me home tonight
(please)
Oh
Down beside that desk lamp light
Oh
You gonna let it all bang out
Font-ball that whirls
You make the writing world go round
(yeah)
Font-ball that whirls
You make  the writing world go round

Live at your desks and write!

Ooh, yeah, oh, yeah
Font-ball that whirls
Font-ball that whirls
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Allright
Write 'em come on
Font-ball that whirls
Yeah, yeah, write
Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: THRUST MEATNOZZLE on April 09, 2021, 05:16:08 PM
Special thanks to TigerLily for inspiration.

Also, I suppose I have to acknowledge a tad of influence, some teeny weeny, itsy bitsy amount, really - a mere atom of attribution - to the talent that was/is a barlely heard of music group called Queen and their never heard of before B-side song,  entitled FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS.

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"Font-Ball That Whirls"
by Camazotz Automat

Ah
You gonna type  me home tonight
Ah
Down beside that desk lamp light
Ah
You gonna let it all bang out
Font-ball that whirls 
You make the writing world go round

Hey!

I was just a skinny grad
Never knew good words from bad
But I could laugh before I had my misery
(huh)
Left alone with big-keyed QWERTY
She was such a Shift Key flirty
Selectric Rose, you made a writer out of me

Hey hey!

I've been typing with my hands
On the internet, across broadband,
I've seen every word processor on the way
(hey)
But their software and their files
Caught a virus after a while
Take me to them Selectric Twos  every time

C'mon!

Ah
Won't you type me home tonight?
Ah
Down beside your desk lamp light
Ah
And you give it all you got
Font-ball that whirls
You make the writing world go round
Font-ball that whirls
You make the writing world go round

Hey, listen here!

I got deadlines and dead phones
Fingers heavier than stones
Ain't no WiFi spot in this locality
(I tell you)
Oh, but I still write that caper
Got my twenty-four pound paper
Red IBM, you done made a wordsmith outta me
(now get this)

Oh
(I know)
You gonna type me home tonight
(please)
Oh
Down beside that desk lamp light
Oh
You gonna let it all bang out
Font-ball that whirls
You make the writing world go round
(yeah)
Font-ball that whirls
You make  the writing world go round

Live at your desks and write!

Ooh, yeah, oh, yeah
Font-ball that whirls
Font-ball that whirls
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Allright
Write 'em come on
Font-ball that whirls
Yeah, yeah, write

Sooo.. TigerLily's a, Fat Bottomed Girl?

Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: Camazotz Automat on April 09, 2021, 07:25:46 PM
Sooo.. TigerLily's a, Fat Bottomed Girl?

I can only say, that based on her Selectric post, it is safe to assume she can appreciate a whirling font-ball set to song.
Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: TigerLily on April 10, 2021, 09:22:16 AM
I can only say, that based on her Selectric post, it is safe to assume she can appreciate a whirling font-ball set to song.

Yes. That whirling Selectric font-ball. Quite the trick. And one (@KSM) may assume the ode to the Selectric II is in my image. One would assume incorrectly. Where's my Wite-Out?
Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: THRUST MEATNOZZLE on April 10, 2021, 09:35:08 AM
Yes. That whirling Selectric font-ball. Quite the trick. And one (@KSM) may assume the ode to the Selectric II is in my image. One would assume incorrectly. Where's my Wite-Out?
One KSM could derive a few jokes from that but at this point, for some reason, he remains stumped.  :-\

White-out vs Wite-out
Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: TigerLily on April 10, 2021, 09:49:57 AM
One KSM could derive a few jokes from that but at this point, for some reason, he remains stumped.  :-\

White-out vs Wite-out

His imagination is all worn out. Take a breather. Have a cup of coffee before breakfast
Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: Camazotz Automat on April 10, 2021, 09:25:57 PM
IBM Selectric II
Color: Black

Physical location: The Central Premonitions Registry; office of co-founder Robert Nelson.

Television show:
IN SEARCH OF
Season 4
Episode 21 : AIR DISASTER PREDICTION (1980)
Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: Camazotz Automat on April 15, 2021, 11:17:30 PM
JOKER (2019) the motion picture.

Selectric II in the counselor's office.
Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: Camazotz Automat on April 18, 2021, 01:03:54 AM
THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO television series

A black Selectric II appears in the closing credits of each episode, badging Stephen J. Cannell Productions.
Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: Camazotz Automat on June 13, 2021, 11:25:57 AM
INEQUALITY  FOR ALL (2013)

Selectric II
Color: white

Can be seen in some vintage film footage
Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: TigerLily on June 13, 2021, 03:45:31 PM
JOKER (2019) the motion picture.

Selectric II in the counselor's office.

What? I just watched that. Too involved in the movie I suppose. Could you give me exact minute in the movie? I am still watching tv show Clarice hoping to spot one
Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: TigerLily on June 13, 2021, 05:02:49 PM

Eureka! Selectric! Getting caught up on my beloved General Hospitals today. 44 seconds into this clip notice what is front and center. While everything around it is being smashed into unrecognizable pieces the Selectric remains pristine. They know how to treat a star

Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: Camazotz Automat on June 13, 2021, 06:03:12 PM
What? I just watched that. Too involved in the movie I suppose. Could you give me exact minute in the movie? I am still watching tv show Clarice hoping to spot one

@TigerLily

Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: THRUST MEATNOZZLE on June 13, 2021, 07:02:56 PM
@TigerLily


..She could use a lil therapy. 

A tad kooky that whoaman.

  /
Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: Camazotz Automat on June 14, 2021, 05:25:54 PM
..She could use a lil therapy. 

A tad kooky that whoaman.

  /

It is a testament to her acting abilities and to the scriptwriters' skills that I completely loathed her.

The resignation on Arthur's face as he again witnesses the brick wall that she is - "OK. Let's cut to the chase. Where do I get my damned drugs now?"

That IBM sits there like a mute Aztec idol or symbolic tombstone.  Awesomeness.
Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: Camazotz Automat on June 20, 2021, 10:30:26 AM
Watching some Ray Bradbury Theater today while painting and I note Ray's Selectric II on his desk at the beginning of each episode.
Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: Camazotz Automat on August 02, 2021, 12:54:47 AM
Watched a news segment on  CBS Sunday Morning about MTV turning 40 years old.  When they spoke about MTV's news show, the giant Selectric spherical typing element filled the screen.

BAM! (N)
BAM! (e)
BAM! (w)
BAM! (s)
Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: juan on August 02, 2021, 04:53:50 AM
At the thrift store, I saw no Selectrics, but two IBM wheelwriters.
Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: Camazotz Automat on August 02, 2021, 08:59:16 AM
At the thrift store, I saw no Selectrics, but two IBM wheelwriters.

Any typewriter sighting is a good typewriter sighting.


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Today is a good day to type!
Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: ItsOver on August 02, 2021, 09:56:20 AM
Any typewriter sighting is a good typewriter sighting.


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Today is a good day to type!
Ha!  I watched Colombo’s “Etude in Black” last night.  Typing can implicate the guilty!

 “I mean, everyone knows – or knew in the 1970s – that placing a previously typed note into a typewriter will cause misalignment problems. And this turns out to be the case at the end because, of course, Columbo notices!”

https://aurorasginjoint.com/2017/08/27/columbo-etude-in-black/

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Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: Camazotz Automat on August 07, 2021, 09:10:31 PM
This is Robert Heinlein's typewriter, with a noise dampening case. His wife called it the "baby coffin."
Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: Camazotz Automat on August 12, 2021, 02:24:27 PM
I don't know what kind of typewriter it is, but this is a great photo of ZOTZ! author Walter Karig at work. 

(And if that cat is not heavily participating in the writing process, I'm a monkey's uncle.)
Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: ShayP on August 12, 2021, 03:53:51 PM
I appreciate typewriters.  I find the mechanics of the older machines fascinating.  However I cannot type in the traditional sense.  I am strictly 'hunt & peck.'  Now, does it lessen my credibility if I give an opinion on a particular typewriter?  That's probably a strange and unnecessary question but in a sense it's like admiring a Lamborghini but I can't drive a stick shift.

I visit thrift stores and antique shops quite often and see many typewriters that look amazing.  I am tempted to purchase one just for the aesthetic.

Title: Re:Katzenjammer IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: NOT_BEELZEBUBBELAH on August 12, 2021, 05:39:00 PM
This is Robert Heinlein's typewriter, with a noise dampening case. His wife called it the "baby coffin."
==========================================
'allo!
As Mr.Clemens once said,
'Roumour of my decease are highly exaggerated'
How did you find the photo of the supposed typewriter of Mr.Heinlein?
If i may be so bold to enquire:
1)Are you an perusor of Mr.Heinlein's ouvre?
2)Do you own any of his series of 'Jouvenile'novlettes or novels?
{ie:double star,have space-suit,will travel,etc.}
I'm interested in his work.

Beelzebubbelah
][ 7VF ][
&
Katzenjammer Typography
Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: Camazotz Automat on August 12, 2021, 08:56:54 PM
I appreciate typewriters.  I find the mechanics of the older machines fascinating.  However I cannot type in the traditional sense.  I am strictly 'hunt & peck.'  Now, does it lessen my credibility if I give an opinion on a particular typewriter?  That's probably a strange and unnecessary question but in a sense it's like admiring a Lamborghini but I can't drive a stick shift.

I visit thrift stores and antique shops quite often and see many typewriters that look amazing.  I am tempted to purchase one just for the aesthetic.


At the risk of twining too Mark Twainian, I would categorically have to state: "When it comes to material, it doesn't matter how you type, but what you type."

Or you can just as well write something out longhand on a Blue Horse pencil tablet and have a mysterious assistant type it up.

Just be prepared to be asked - by one of the several hundred visitors to this topic - what brand and or model of machine was utilized in the rendering of said impacts. ;)

As far as purchasing a typewriter for ambience, IMO you can not go wrong. And the more obscure the equipment, the better.

An extreme decor example: a Braille typewriter for "looks" would be a superior visual pun.

(Note to self: hunt down an antique Brailler. And maybe a Blue Horse pencil tablet or two.)

Title: Re:Katzenjammer IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: Camazotz Automat on August 13, 2021, 07:56:09 AM
==========================================
'allo!
As Mr.Clemens once said,
'Roumour of my decease are highly exaggerated'
How did you find the photo of the supposed typewriter of Mr.Heinlein?
If i may be so bold to enquire:
1)Are you an perusor of Mr.Heinlein's ouvre?
2)Do you own any of his series of 'Jouvenile'novlettes or novels?
{ie:double star,have space-suit,will travel,etc.}
I'm interested in his work.

Beelzebubbelah
][ 7VF ][
&
Katzenjammer Typography

Hell low, Halo, Bellz.

Is that you, Lou?
Long time no   cipher.

If it were discovered a  former member of the RH Society sent me that photo, I would be unable to identify her in a line up, but May Bee lying down and my agent would deny he had served as drunken carrier Pig Eon.

I previously learned about the muffled "undertaker business" typewriter from skimming Vol 2 of William Patterson's Heinlein biography.  Prior pigeon, I  had not seen such a clear picture of the sentinel ant head.

I was grateful to view the beast.

I've read a few of Heinlein's works.

 Something of his might make it onto my '21 list, or maybe both Patterson volumes will. What little I skimmed of Vol 2 was good. But my dance card  of death is rapidly filling to capacity.

 (I just realized I will die in '42. Thank you, ever hovering Premonition Bitch goddess. Now, how about those lotto numbers? Or whether or not I should invest in graphene?)

"Katzenjammer Typography."

Hahaha.

Captain Karig would approve.

If Siamese cat's paws
Perch like a parrot
You might end up
Kissed by Judas Iscariot
Title: Re:Katzenjammer IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: NOT_BEELZEBUBBELAH on August 25, 2021, 06:46:01 PM
Hell low, Halo, Bellz.

Is that you, Lou?
Long time no   cipher.

If it were discovered a  former member of the RH Society sent me that photo, I would be unable to identify her in a line up, but May Bee lying down and my agent would deny he had served as drunken carrier Pig Eon.

I previously learned about the muffled "undertaker business" typewriter from skimming Vol 2 of William Patterson's Heinlein biography.  Prior pigeon, I  had not seen such a clear picture of the sentinel ant head.

I was grateful to view the beast.

I've read a few of Heinlein's works.

 Something of his might make it onto my '21 list, or maybe both Patterson volumes will. What little I skimmed of Vol 2 was good. But my dance card  of death is rapidly filling to capacity.

 (I just realized I will die in '42. Thank you, ever hovering Premonition Bitch goddess. Now, how about those lotto numbers? Or whether or not I should invest in graphene?)

"Katzenjammer Typography."

Hahaha.

Captain Karig would approve.

If Siamese cat's paws
Perch like a parrot
You might end up
Kissed by Judas Iscariot
==========================================================
'Allo!
Sorry about the delay in reply here--
I'm pretty much not able to work out my access to the forum in an consistent frequency--
Keep having those pesky 'Near-Life'interregnum(s?Interregneae?)that i mentioned a few posts back.
Still asking the fondly burning question that has swept both continents:
Are you familiar with Mr.Heinlein's Jouvenile series?
Do you find his tomes quite fetching and nostalgic?
I've not become too familiar with his early life experiences.
Wildly incongruent asides have bewildered my cognitory assumptions concearning his written efluvia.
Pressed for time am I,und Zo must occlude the charactaristic characters usually appended here when i compose an missive.
"Beelzebubbelah"
Title: Re:Katzenjammer IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: Camazotz Automat on September 02, 2021, 08:15:14 PM
==========================================================
'
Still asking the fondly burning question that has swept both continents:
Are you familiar with Mr.Heinlein's Jouvenile series?
Do you find his tomes quite fetching and nostalgic?


Dear Bzzzzzz/Lord of the Flies/aka Bizzy Buzz Buzz

I am unfamiliar with that series.
I do experience nostalgia when reading his script. I would even coin  the word, "SIMAKstalgia," as I drive off a cliff in a 1988 old Ford.

Whenever I manage to knead the somewhat large two volume biography previously mentioned, I have little doubt of diving into his records.

Cam

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Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: juan on September 09, 2021, 02:56:27 PM
I was in a thrift store yesterday and saw three of those Smith -Corona cartridge electric typewriters.
Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: Camazotz Automat on September 17, 2021, 06:10:42 PM
A new close up lens for the digital camera and a new ribbon for the portable UNDERWOOD.
Title: Re:Katzenjammer Typography And IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: NOT_BEELZEBUBBELAH on September 17, 2021, 07:42:10 PM
A new close up lens for the digital camera and a new ribbon for the portable UNDERWOOD.
==========================================
'Allo!
Nice 'Avatar' or 'Logo'.
Am I haveing difficulty with reply frequencies.
Still am i looking for the historic summary of books from 'Gnome Press'by Mr.Heinlein,Jouvenile directed.
No time to write long missive,Ta Ta for now...
Beelzebubbelah
][ 7VF][
PS:More to come...
Title: Re:Katzenjammer Typography And IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: NOT_BEELZEBUBBELAH on September 25, 2021, 07:48:43 PM
==========================================
'Allo!
Nice 'Avatar' or 'Logo'.
Am I haveing difficulty with reply frequencies.
Still am i looking for the historic summary of books from 'Gnome Press'by Mr.Heinlein,Jouvenile directed.
No time to write long missive,Ta Ta for now...
Beelzebubbelah
][ 7VF][
PS:More to come...
===============================
Allo!
Found this have I!!
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Seriously off typewritten files...
Beelzebubelah
][ 7VF ][
Title: Re:Katzenjammer Typography & IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: NOT_BEELZEBUBBELAH on September 26, 2021, 04:39:01 PM
A new close up lens for the digital camera and a new ribbon for the portable UNDERWOOD.
===============================
Allo!
Difficulties some have i.
Found have i some stories about the late dwarfish writer whom is famous for many legal proceedings
writeing under the nom de plume of 'Cordwainer Bird'as when he is exploited and not given the agreed upon payment for services rendered.
Assume i that you would recognise this:
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HARLAN'S TYPEWRITER
Please visit The Open Sale hosted by David Silver for more information about this historic item.



HARLAN ELLISON
- Tuesday, August 31 2010 16:11:35
HARLAN'S TYPEWRITER
Harlan was born in 1934. His first real typewriter was a Remington noiseless portable, circa 1936-1940. In 1949, Harlan's father died, and Harlan and his mother moved from Painesville to Cleveland, Ohio. Harlan's mother worked at the B'nai B'rith second-hand resale thrift shop, and Harlan had three jobs, because they were broke. This is not a sob story; it is no different than the stories each of you can tell. It is merely background history.

Harlan's Mother, Serita Ellison, encouraged her son's writing enthusiasm, and his love of science fiction, and sometime between 1949 and 1951, she bought for an unknown sum, the Remington portable noted above. At the thrift shop. And she brought it home to Harlan. You know what happened from then until now. The books, the stories, the tv shows, the movies, the spoken word albums, the adventures...the misadventures.

Harlan switched to Olympias in 1952 approximately, and the old Remington in its case was put in storage. Harlan wrote his earliest stories on that Remington, as well as his fanzine, DIMENSIONS. Comparison of the typefaces from the Remington and "Dimensions, issue #15, August-October 1954" authenticate that they are the same.

Harlan did not see (or think about) his first adult typewriter until (circa) late in 2003, when Harlan's niece, Lisa Rubin (daughter of Harlan's recently-deceased sister, Beverly) found the storage bin in which Harlan's mother had packed away items no longer needed. Lisa shipped it to Harlan in Los Angeles, something like 60 years after Harlan used it.

In early 2004, Harlan was solicited by the SF Museum in Seattle for "historic or pivotal" items bearing on his career, so he could be included in their exhibitions in the SF Hall of Fame (a part of Paul Allen's Experience Museum). In April of 2004 Harlan sent 5 items, one of which "on loan" was the 1936-1940 era Remington portable typewriter, still in its battered case.

The period of exhibition ended with the Museum in 2009. It was on display till 2010. It has been returned to Harlan, packed and ready for storage...or shipment.

It was insured by Marsh USA Inc. from 2004 'til 2009 as "fine Art," valued at $5000. Five thousand dollars.

Harlan wants to sell it to the highest bidder, who will then likely resell it for a great deal more money in a catalogue or e.marketplace site.

Harlan asks for your collective mind to use your smarts about The System of Sale that will best, and most easily, make the biggest buck for Harlan and his wife.

Harlan is ADAMANT that he doesn't want to get into the deep-pockets of his general readers or friends. He needs advice how to BEST start up the machine that will conclude its efforts with some INSTITUTIONAL or BUSINESS entity, some fat cat, giving him a gigantic wad of dough.

Harlan asks that you decide among yourselves a code-word thread, or site, or whatever, and the most cogent among you as Ombudsman or Trail-Boss or Co-ordinator, whatever, who will get the preceding out to as many chop-licking entities as possible.

Let it begin. I am, genuinely, deep in your debt.

Yr. Pal, Harlan


HARLAN ELLISON
- Tuesday, August 31 2010 16:16:33
P.S. TO HARLAN'S TYPEWRITER

I forgot to mention: I have all the paperwork, provenance, and verifications of the preceding post in a folder, right here.

Yr. Pal, Harlan

Return to the Harlan Ellison Art Deco Dining Pavilion
HarlanEllison.com is under new management. Thank you to Rick Wyatt for his many years of dutiful stewardship of this site.
--------------------------------------------------------
regetfuly,
Beelzebubbelah
][ 7VF ][
Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: juan on September 27, 2021, 04:34:02 AM
Ha.  I use a Remington Noiseless Portable that’s a year older than Harlan Ellison.  I bought it from the estate of a woman who worked at Remington and had the machine built for her.  They must have taken even extra care in making it, because at 88-years old it still works perfectly.
Title: Re:Katzenjammer Typography And IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: NOT_BEELZEBUBBELAH on October 21, 2021, 07:34:27 PM
A new close up lens for the digital camera and a new ribbon for the portable UNDERWOOD.
===================================================
Allo!
Found i this report paragraph:
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 “The Confession Letter.” Why did the writer go to such lengths to conceal the model and individual typewriter? If this was written by a crank across town, he would never be suspected. His typewriter was perfectly safe. In such an instance, what did it matter if the police could prove the typewriter upon which the gross confession was written was a Royal or a Remington? The writer would only go to such lengths if he was a person the police would naturally suspect and possibly issue a search warrant against to examine his house or apartment and therein uncover the typewriter. Or this was a typewriter in the public domain— in other words at the campus. In this case, a search and testing of typewriters could reveal a limited number of people who could have had use of it after hours. Either this would be a secretary’s typewriter or typewriters associated with some classroom. After hours use would suggest a staff member, a limited number of students and, very possibly, a janitor/groundsman. If The Zodiac is responsible for both The Confession and poison notes, he worked at the college. Whoever is responsible for The Confession probably worked at the college.
Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: Up All Night on October 25, 2021, 07:51:33 AM
Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: Camazotz Automat on October 26, 2021, 06:45:08 AM
 ;D @Up All Night

Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: Camazotz Automat on October 26, 2021, 07:59:29 AM
Spiriting up the Pentium II IBM ThinkPad - featuring The Matrix screensaver - after performing a CMOS button battery hack.

It's the little things that give the greatest joy.

I post this here, because these days, many would view this device as being just as "Obsolete Ancient Alien" as any typewriter.

And I do type on it.
Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: Up All Night on October 26, 2021, 03:36:43 PM
In the 90's, I used to type on an all-in-one US Videotel machine.
Title: Re:Katzenjammer Typography And IBM Selectric II typewriter...
Post by: NOT_BEELZEBUBBELAH on October 26, 2021, 07:37:50 PM
Spiriting up the Pentium II IBM ThinkPad - featuring The Matrix screensaver - after performing a CMOS button battery hack.
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'Allo!
Have i one of these in my home with an bios maintaning data..
Discovered have i an newish plagarist whom has pasted to-gather an trinity of shortish novelettes to sum an book covering past,present,future..
This dunce has the temerity to plagarise the late Harlan Ellison's flawed concept used for the'bible'in "The  Starlost"
heedless to say,without even an nod or smirk.
The pastiche is titled 'Cloud Cookoo Land',i kid you not..
Suggest i that afficionados of the dwarfish Elison BOYCOTT this derivitive dreck!!!
Ta For Now..
Beelzebubbelah
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It's the little things that give the greatest joy.

I post this here, because these days, many would view this device as being just as "Obsolete Ancient Alien" as any typewriter.

And I do type on it.
Title: Re:Katzenjammer Typography And IBM Selectric II typewriter...
Post by: Camazotz Automat on October 27, 2021, 12:04:47 AM
Discovered have i an newish plagarist whom has pasted to-gather an trinity of shortish novelettes to sum an book covering past,present,future..
This dunce has the temerity to plagarise the late Harlan Ellison's flawed concept used for the'bible'in "The  Starlost"
heedless to say,without even an nod or smirk.
The pastiche is titled 'Cloud Cookoo Land',i kid you not..
Suggest i that afficionados of the dwarfish Elison BOYCOTT this derivitive dreck!!!

I trust your advice, @NOT_BEELZEBUBBELAH and will avoid CLOUD CUCKOO like spoiled turtle egg soup.

Must. Respect. The. Dwarf. Star.


Regarding Pen the ReptileBrainPad.... (See Ambrose Bierce letters of while on a velocipede.)

I have matured in my view in some ways, one way example being :

At this point I would be shocked if you did NOT also have the Pentium II codex.

Onward we expand the Space Opera.

(Versus famous talk show host gaining a few stones)

Thank you, @NOT_BEELZEBUBBELAH


"Featuring Tony Doerr azzzzz the Thiever."

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Title: Re:Katzenjammer Typography And IBM Selectric II typewriter...
Post by: PB on October 27, 2021, 12:45:58 AM
I once had a typewriter.  Don't remember getting it or where it came from.  Probably from a relative.  A small but heavy black one, with it's own worn case.  I loved the clatter of the keys when I'd type something - sometimes I'd fat finger it and two keys flying up at the same time would stick together just before they were to strike the page.  Not nearly as cool as the rotating ball, but still cool. 

I got pretty good at using that correction paper, just back up the carriage, put the paper over the misspell, restrike it with the same letter and the white stuff would come off, cover the mistake, back it up again and type right over it.  Kinda messy, but better than starting all over or xxxx-ing it out and leaving it like that.  I used it once in awhile in high school (after I took typing class), and college, and afterward.  Not for school work of course, hell no, nothing was ever required to be typed.  Some of the letters were fainter than others, and a little out of alignment, so not for resumes either.  I don't remember what I ever used it for but I know I did.  I lugged it from place to place whenever I moved, kept it right there in the hall closet if the place had one.

Sometimes years went by and I never even looked at it. 

Then one day I wanted to use it for something.  Lucky thing too that I had one.  I'm looking forward to getting it out, using it again.  I'll just get it out of the hall closet, where the board games and maybe an old umbrella are kept, plus the wrapping paper and maybe a Christmas tree stand.

Where's my typewriter?  I know I left it in here.  It's not anywhere else in the house.  It's just gone?  No one knows a thing about it?  Really?  What, was it taking up too much space?  Thank goodness we have all this room for shoes.  Dammit.

Title: Re:Katzenjammer Typography And IBM Selectric II typewriter...
Post by: Camazotz Automat on October 27, 2021, 01:18:02 AM
I once had a typewriter.  Don't remember getting it or where it came from.  Probably from a relative.  A small but heavy black one, with it's own worn case.  I loved the clatter of the keys when I'd type something - sometimes I'd fat finger it and two keys flying up at the same time would stick together just before they were to strike the page.  Not nearly as cool as the rotating ball, but still cool. 

I got pretty good at using that correction paper, just back up the carriage, put the paper over the misspell, restrike it with the same letter and the white stuff would come off, cover the mistake, back it up again and type right over it.  Kinda messy, but better than starting all over or xxxx-ing it out and leaving it like that.  I used it once in awhile in high school (after I took typing class), and college, and afterward.  Not for school work of course, hell no, nothing was ever required to be typed.  Some of the letters were fainter than others, and a little out of alignment, so not for resumes either.  I don't remember what I ever used it for but I know I did.  I lugged it from place to place whenever I moved, kept it right there in the hall closet if the place had one.

Sometimes years went by and I never even looked at it. 

Then one day I wanted to use it for something.  Lucky thing too that I had one.  I'm looking forward to getting it out, using it again.  I'll just get it out of the hall closet, where the board games and maybe an old umbrella are kept, plus the wrapping paper and maybe a Christmas tree stand.

Where's my typewriter?  I know I left it in here.  It's not anywhere else in the house.  It's just gone?  No one knows a thing about it?  Really?  What, was it taking up too much space?  Dammit.

That would drive me batshit crazy. I need closure. I need a logical explanation.

Typewriters don't blink out of existence like theoretical elementary particles.

But I become too desperate in such situations, approaching possible candidates with :

"It is  O K A Y  if you took it to Good Will or loaned it to Airhead Susan. Really. It is. It's just driving me crazy not knowing."

Such desperately proffered scenarios quickly become the origin point of fight vectors.

Oy buddy boy watch yer flank, Cam

But I never learn. Cannot let it go.

Because I KNOW there's a damn answer.

There HAS to be.

Else I should take a giant poster of the Periodic Table of Elements and set it aflame in the street in protest.

Title: Re:Katzenjammer Typography And IBM Selectric II typewriter...
Post by: Camazotz Automat on October 27, 2021, 01:41:27 AM
I experienced the oddest strong strange sense of déjà vu after posting that sentence about burning a science education poster.

That can't be good.

Perhaps Wednesday will be lay low screw off day.

Catch up on some snail mail responses.

(pause)

"It's  O K A Y  ,  time-traveler NOT_BEELZEBUBBELAH if you truncated and then replayed a time stream here, or miscalculated your exit flip point after posting and it invalidated my neural proof. Really. It is. It's just driving me crazy not knowing."
Title: Re:Katzenjammer Typography And IBM Selectric II typewriter...
Post by: GravitySucks on October 27, 2021, 09:38:45 AM
I once had a typewriter.  Don't remember getting it or where it came from.  Probably from a relative.  A small but heavy black one, with it's own worn case.  I loved the clatter of the keys when I'd type something - sometimes I'd fat finger it and two keys flying up at the same time would stick together just before they were to strike the page.  Not nearly as cool as the rotating ball, but still cool. 

I got pretty good at using that correction paper, just back up the carriage, put the paper over the misspell, restrike it with the same letter and the white stuff would come off, cover the mistake, back it up again and type right over it.  Kinda messy, but better than starting all over or xxxx-ing it out and leaving it like that.  I used it once in awhile in high school (after I took typing class), and college, and afterward.  Not for school work of course, hell no, nothing was ever required to be typed.  Some of the letters were fainter than others, and a little out of alignment, so not for resumes either.  I don't remember what I ever used it for but I know I did.  I lugged it from place to place whenever I moved, kept it right there in the hall closet if the place had one.

Sometimes years went by and I never even looked at it. 

Then one day I wanted to use it for something.  Lucky thing too that I had one.  I'm looking forward to getting it out, using it again.  I'll just get it out of the hall closet, where the board games and maybe an old umbrella are kept, plus the wrapping paper and maybe a Christmas tree stand.

Where's my typewriter?  I know I left it in here.  It's not anywhere else in the house.  It's just gone?  No one knows a thing about it?  Really?  What, was it taking up too much space?  Thank goodness we have all this room for shoes.  Dammit.

My stint as an intelligence analyst at Plattsburgh AFB involved intimate relationships with manual typewriters. I got stationed there in May of 1975 before word processors or desktop computers became common place.

Lowest ranking airmen in my office were assigned a task involving receipt and tracking of classified message traffic from the major 3 letter agencies. This involved picking up the classified message printouts from the Comm center a few blocks away and then typing up a form which described each piece of classified information with certain identification information such as control number, subject, description, classification, originator, date received, etc. The form was about 1/3 the size of a regular sheet of paper. AF Form 310 just jumped into my head.

The form had to be typed in triplicate. Which meant carbon paper needed to be cut and placed in between the forms. The number one rule about filling out the forms was that there could be no typos and no corrections. If you made a mistake you had to tear it out and start over.

I had done a fair bit of typing as a kid but never actually learned touch typing. My mother was a legal secretary so we always had a typewriter at home, actually a manual and an electric. And eventually even a selectric. But it had been years since I tried typing anything. They probably should have included that in our tech school.

You would have to mash the keys pretty hard to get a decent impression on the third form in the stack. It wasn’t graceful and it certainly wasn’t speed typing. Because the forms had fields that had to be filled in, the carbon paper wouldn’t last very long. Most of the carbon paper would be fine, but if you type the date in the same place on 3 or 4 forms, it’s not going to transfer to the paper.

Shortly after I got there the DIA and CIA changed their procedures for disseminating classified information. They had been sending out daily or twice daily compositions of all the messages for a single day. I would compare this to how Media Matters transmits the daily talking points to all the news organizations. Something happened and it was decided that a really important message shouldn’t have to wait for the daily compilation so they began sending out individual messages. I compare this to the AP News Wire. Very sound process improvement. Except it meant that instead of getting 3-4 multi page classified messages per day we were suddenly getting 100-150. A task that used to take 20-30 minutes began taking most of the day.

The other challenge that was unique to the intelligence division at Plattsburgh AFB is that it was a cinder block building with no windows and no insulation in the walls. We had a central steam heating plant on the base, but there were weeks at a time when the temperature in my office area never got above 60. Most people that got tasked with typing up these forms did so with gloves on for parts of the winter.

I remember there was joy in Mudsville the day we got our IBM Selectric in the office with an Orator ball. A major function of my job was to read the intelligence message traffic, and decide which items were the most important to brief to the command staff and the aircrews on alert duty. We would prepare bullet charts for each “news” story. When I got there the only way we had to create these briefings was to use a product called PressType. Dry transfer lettering. You had to position the presstype just so, and then rub each letter with a burnishing tool. This took hours to do for a complete briefing. But the font on the manual typewriters was too small for briefing charts. The Orator ball never really did a good job of making briefing charts. The font was never quite big enough and the quality of the image was seldom crisp.

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We had a huge stock of presstype in every imaginable font. It was great for making your own labels for cassette tapes.
Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: Camazotz Automat on October 27, 2021, 01:31:39 PM
Great read! @GravitySucks
Thanks!
Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: PB on October 27, 2021, 02:09:48 PM
A giraffe carrying a typewriter walks into a bar...
Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: ItsOver on October 27, 2021, 02:20:55 PM
Great read! @GravitySucks
Thanks!
After all that from GS, you should be in typewriter heaven, Cam.  ;)

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Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: Camazotz Automat on October 27, 2021, 02:35:33 PM
After all that from GS, you should be in typewriter heaven, Cam.  ;)

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Yes, typewriter Heaven AND typewriter Hell:

The thrill of impact victory!
The carbon paper agony . . . of triplicate defeat!

A great pic of Serling w/typewrter indeed.
Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: ItsOver on October 27, 2021, 02:49:00 PM
The thrill of impact victory!
The carbon paper agony . . . of triplicate defeat!

A great pic of Serling w/typewrter indeed.
One would think Rod could have evolved a classic Twilight tale, woven around the typewriter.

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https://offountainpenstypewriters.blogspot.com/2021/01/start-year-off-with-twilight-zone-and.html?m=1

I guess sometimes you can’t see the typewriter for all the keys.
Title: Re: IBM Selectric II typewriter sightings
Post by: Camazotz Automat on October 27, 2021, 05:15:58 PM
A giraffe carrying a typewriter walks into a bar...

My kind of joke I would have contributed and fought for had I been a writer for Mad Men.