The Typewritten Pages

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On January 15, 2016, I attended “An Evening with Richard Polt” at Literati Bookstore.  Polt was there to discuss his book, “The Typewriter Revolution: A Typist’s Companion for the 21st Century.”

In addition to pen and paper, the typewriter was the instrument I first used to write with.  A couple years ago, my aunt informed me of a Smith-Corona Coronet Automatic at her church’s second-hand sale for less than ten bucks.  I found an online supplier for the machine’s ribbon, and I began a project using the machine.

The Typewriter Database lists known typewriters with serial numbers.  A good resource if you’re trying to gauge the year of the model sitting in your parents’ (or grandparents’) basement.  I’ve been accepted to list my “collection” as well.

Inspired by Polt’s book, this page will link you to “The Typewritten Pages” that I have written specifically for this website.  Every page is typewritten, scanned, and inserted.

Enjoy.

I guess I’ve never grown accustomed to the silent non-clacking of the [computer] keys and the temporary words put up on the screen.  I like to think that when I type something on this [Selectric], when I’m finished with it, it’s good.  I haven’t gotten past the second paragraph on a word processor.  Never go back and rewrite while you’re working.  Keep on it as if it were final. – Hunter S. Thompson (quoted in “The Typewriter Revolution”)

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