Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Quiz: what is Betamax?

A funny story from CNN that someone in town might want to follow up on..  Is there anyone at all in town still in the business of repairing typewriters, let alone manual typewriters?  If such services still exist anywhere it is probably here.

Speaking of needing repairs.  Cook was an optimist.

addendum:   Speaking of Pittsburgh and Typewriters Visible Writing Machines...  Joe has the uber-illustration.  I'm not sure whether to comment on the technology, or the model.  What does that mean anyway?  Were there once invisible writing machines? Or invisible writing?


Anonymous Michael Lamb said...


When I was over in the Pro's office I was looking for a typewriter repair man and did find one. Interestingly, the typewriter was an old docket book typewriter that actually sat atop a docket book and typed downward on to the page below. It was quite a piece of turn of the century engineering. (That being the last century)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 9:45:00 AM  
Anonymous jet said...

The place in Oakland no longer does repairs. I called them a few weeks ago about a vintage typewriter I'm working on and they said they got out of the business a few years ago, but gave me some helpful advice over the phone

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 9:56:00 AM  
Blogger Mike Madison said...

What jet said. I was sorry to see Oakland Typewriter go, but the phone number still works, and I was able to order some ribbons from them over the phone.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 10:01:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

I should have mentioned Oakland Typewriter in that. Gone of course, but part of the history.

So we have an attorney and former prothonotary admitting to using typewriters. I suppose one could snark on the role of technology in the legal profession. :-)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 10:26:00 AM  
Blogger joe said...

The text accompanying the image on the NYPL Digital Gallery reads: "The Pittsburg [sic] visible-writing machine. ([1895-1917])"

I learned to type in the 9th grade (1984-85). When do schools teach typing these days?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 5:01:00 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Potts said...

Betamax didn't take hold for consumer use but it was the broadcast standard for some time -- basically right up until the conversion to digital.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 9:45:00 AM  
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