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1956 Torpedo 18b

Serial #878823

1956 Torpedo 18b

This is a gorgeous typewriter, and it operates like a dream. It has an IBM Selectric I ribbon on it, which is carbon-film, and I don't know why its type is throwing shadows. Either I'll figure that out (perhaps something can be adjusted) or replace it with a conventional ribbon.

Owned By: Dan Johnson

Username: rdj
Status: Typewriter Hunter
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I have always loved typewriters along with other kinds of well-engineered tools and devices such as slide rules, calculators (particular HP), radios, cameras (particularly Nikons), and microscopes. In addition to appreciating their intrinsic beauty and utility, they represent "things that need to be figured out to be understood". That's how I first learned about computers and programming in the 1970s, by figuring things out for myself. It's activity in which I never seem to tire of engaging.

Although communities have arisen around other collection interests, typewriters have the advantage that those who use them also typically enjoy communicating through words, whether those words are about the machines themselves or their lives, hopes, dreams, or expressions of beauty. There's much to be appreciated here.

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