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Illuminated Typewriter Roll Speeds Stencil Cutting (May, 1941)

Illuminated Typewriter Roll Speeds Stencil Cutting

An illuminated typewriter roll recently placed on the market simplifies the problem of cutting mimeograph stencils. Made of transparent plastic and lighted by a six-watt fluorescent tube mounted in a special fixture, the new roller illuminates the stencil from beneath so that each letter becomes easily visible as it is cut. According to the manufacturer, the roller will last for the life of the machine, maintaining its original smooth surface indefinitely since the type cannot indent the plastic—a fact that also makes it possible to type large numbers of regular carbon copies.

It’s easy now girls, to type special characters! (Jan, 1953)

It’s easy now girls, to type special characters!

Now Royal brings you an extra key—a 43rd key on your keyboard—a key that you can get with almost any combination of marks, characters or signs you want!

You may want your Bonus Key to be an exclamation point—or a division sign and an equal sign. For some businesses, it may be a paragraph mark and a section sign. In fact, it can be almost anything you order!



Nagged by associate James Densmore, Sholes made many models to improve his Type-Writer machine.

By Alfred Lief

IN 1863 a Wisconsin printer named Christopher Latham Sholes was appointed collector of the Port of Milwaukee by President Lincoln. It wasn’t a strenuous job and Sholes had plenty of time on his hands. He spent it in a machine shop on the north side of town where he and some friends tinkered with inventions.




Your Remington Rand representative is best qualified to fulfill the typing needs of the modern office because only he can offer all four typewriters essential to business.

He can impartially study your requirements and recommend exactly the typewriter that will contribute the most to typing efficiency in your own particular organization.

Remington Rand

Tiny Typewriter (Feb, 1954)

Tiny Typewriter
Built in Germany, a new typewriter is so small the operator can hold it on his lap during use. The midget machine fits in a case about the size of an ordinary briefcase. The case also holds stationery and other writing equipment.

New Typewriter Conquers Chinese Symbols (Nov, 1947)

New Typewriter Conquers Chinese Symbols

FOR the first time since the development of modern Chinese script more than 16 centuries ago, a way has been found to copy quickly all of the language’s thousands of complex characters. It is the unique “Mingkwai” (clear and quick) typewriter, invented by Lin Yutang, Chinese author.

Reducing a day’s hand copying to an hour’s typing, the electrically driven machine can print 90,000 characters and reproduce every known Chinese word. Chinese writing does not use the letters of an alphabet; instead, each word is an individual symbol. Other Chinese typewriters require memorizing the position of 5,000 characters and filling in missing words by hand.


DOUBLE KEYBOARD machine types either plain talk or scientific equations. Imperial Typewriter Company, Leicester, England.

Science in 1872 (Apr, 1947)

Science in 1872

By Hal Borland

Its Growing Importance Brought About the Publication of Popular Science Monthly

IN 1872, the year Popular Science Monthly was founded, Thomas Alva Edison and Alexander Graham Bell were 25 years old. Edison had already improved the telegraph and was experimenting, in his Newark laboratory, with other uses for electricity. Bell was teaching phonetics for deaf pupils in Boston. Samuel F. B. Morse died that year, and in the first issue of The Popular Science Monthly an editorial note said that “his name and work will help to save our age from oblivion in the distant future.”

Typewriter Spaces Words To Fill Lines (Jul, 1940)

Typewriter Spaces Words To Fill Lines
Designed especially for use where correspondence or other typed material is to be reproduced, a new typewriter has an attachment which assures neat, perfectly aligned right-hand margins. The typewriter carriage is provided with a numbered metal bar and a sliding pointer. At the end of each line, the operator notes the number above the pointer. In retyping, at the beginning of each line a knob is set to correspond with the number marked for that line on the original. The attachment then automatically word-spaces the copy to make all lines of the same length.

Dvorak’s One-Handed Keyboard (Mar, 1946)


Simplified Keyboard Research Aids Handicapped Veterans

Lt. Comdr., USNR

PEOPLE who have lost the use of one hand can now learn to type with satisfactory speed and efficiency. For this they are indebted initially to Col. Robert S. Allen, prewar columnist-partner of Drew Pearson, who determined not to let the loss of an arm in battle stop him from resuming his career as a newspaperman. But the man to whom they owe the most is Commander August Dvorak, USNR.

Discouraged by his failure to master the standard typewriter with one hand, Colonel Allen turned to Commander Dvorak for help. In 10 years of exhaustive research in typing for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Dvorak, then a professor at the University of Washington, and his associates had developed a simplified keyboard for two hands. Tests proved that normal typists could relearn to type on the simplified keyboard in 83 hours—and double speed records they had made on standard typewriters. Commander Dvorak believed a special keyboard might make similar gains possible for one-handed typists.