IBM Selectric Typewriter


Growing up we had two typewriters in my house. Both of them were old beautiful manual machines. I had seen electric ones on TV, but the first one I saw was when I was in elementary school and I was sitting in the reception area to the principal’s office. I can remember it very clearly.

The room was cramped and the school secretary was typing away on this IBM marvel, the Selectric Typewriter. I could not help but approach and start asking questions about it. She told me about it and then complained about how it was very outdated. I had never seen anything like it before, so I could hardly believe that anything that moved so fast could be outdated.

To this day, whenever I see an electric typewriter, I think of that tired overworked secretary and that whirring typeball.


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