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The Typewriter Database 199x Canon Typestar 220 Serial # SB2015673 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Michael Hoehne: 199x Canon Typestar 220 Serial # SB2015673 I do not think this is a typewriter. I submit it to the database as an edge case, to help clarify what is and what isn't. The keyboard and the portability make it look somewhat like a typewriter but it is really a computer with built-in printer.

There is a continuum from electric-assisted-mechanical typewriters through electricity-required machines (e.g., Selectrics, which could not work with finger pressure) through the wedges with their electronics-controlled mechanical hammer (and which could be computer-driven) to this, which is computer-driven and has finally eliminated impact altogether. The last vestige of mechanical parts are the cables and pulleys that move the thermal printhead; although the keys do move, they could just as well be capacitance sensors so that possible link doesn't count. It does use an “ink” source and plain paper, but so does ‘most every other computer printer. This looks like a wedge, so we might be tempted to call it a typewriter just by extending the (questionable?) courtesy by which we call the wedges typewriters ... nah.

This might not even be able to place one character at a time, a universal hallmark of a typewriter. Maybe it can, but I don't know how without an instruction manual---another difference from a real typewriter.

If you all want to delete this from the database, fine with me.

199x Canon Typestar 220 #SB2015673

Status: My Collection
Created: 08-16-2014 at 10:12PM
Last Edit: 07-23-2017 at 04:51PM


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I do not think this is a typewriter. I submit it to the database as an edge case, to help clarify what is and what isn't. The keyboard and the portability make it look somewhat like a typewriter but it is really a computer with built-in printer.

There is a continuum from electric-assisted-mechanical typewriters through electricity-required machines (e.g., Selectrics, which could not work with finger pressure) through the wedges with their electronics-controlled mechanical hammer (and which could be computer-driven) to this, which is computer-driven and has finally eliminated impact altogether. The last vestige of mechanical parts are the cables and pulleys that move the thermal printhead; although the keys do move, they could just as well be capacitance sensors so that possible link doesn't count. It does use an “ink” source and plain paper, but so does ‘most every other computer printer. This looks like a wedge, so we might be tempted to call it a typewriter just by extending the (questionable?) courtesy by which we call the wedges typewriters ... nah.

This might not even be able to place one character at a time, a universal hallmark of a typewriter. Maybe it can, but I don't know how without an instruction manual---another difference from a real typewriter.

If you all want to delete this from the database, fine with me.

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Good Luck using this without a manual and managing to write faster than longhand.
Good Luck using this without a manual and managing to write faster than longhand.

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