Happening now: ‘Ribbon and Rhyme’ typewriters, High Point Library

Objects of nostalgia, objects of mystery, objects of utility … However you choose to regard them, antique human-powered typewriters are waiting for you right now at the High Point Branch Library as the second stop in Ribbon and Rhyme,” described as a “hands-on art installation.” Go type a few words. Listen to the keys as they meet the paper, through the ribbon. Look at your words, unpixelated.

The typewriters await, until 5:30 today.

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14 Replies to "Happening now: 'Ribbon and Rhyme' typewriters, High Point Library"

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    drahcir61 April 12, 2014 (4:11 pm)

    I took typing as an elective in high school back in the late 70s, my friends just laughed at me.

    With a girl/boy ratio of 18:2 I took the advanced class as a senior … & they all wished they had taken typing too.

    Today, 85-90 wpm with very few errors … not too shabby. :)

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      WSB April 12, 2014 (4:27 pm)

      WTG! These days I believe most of us type far more than we speak. At least I do. I learned on a manual in 9th grade in Honolulu.

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    Mark April 12, 2014 (5:12 pm)

    I type. Therefore I am.

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    miws April 12, 2014 (5:14 pm)

    Now is the time for all good men to come for all good men to come to the aid of their Country.

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    Mike

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    Jwws April 12, 2014 (6:34 pm)

    The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

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    onion April 12, 2014 (6:57 pm)

    The sound and feel of an IBM Selectric was oddly sexy. I loved the touch of a Selectric. I’ve worked on a lot of different computer keyboards — and some of them are really, really nice — but none has come even close to a Selectric keyboard.

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    charlabob April 12, 2014 (7:50 pm)

    Now I feel old. I’ve been old for a while but this makes me FEEL old. Where are the (remington?) typewriters with the metal key rims. Now those are historic. :-)

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    miws April 12, 2014 (10:09 pm)

    We had the Selectrics when I took typing class in Jr. High. They were cool, what with the “technology” of the typing ball that spun around and struck the ribbon so quickly.

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    charla, in the late ’60’s my Aunt had an old black typewriter. Don’t recall if it was a Remington, but sounds like it’s from the same era as you describe. Loved playing around on that thing!

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    Mike

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    Sue April 12, 2014 (10:43 pm)

    Now I feel old – I learned to type on one of those antiques. LOL!
    Onion, I totally hear ya on the Selectric. I miss it.

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    Alki Girl April 13, 2014 (9:36 am)

    I can text 85-90 wpm with no errors!!!! Auto correct :)

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    miws April 13, 2014 (10:43 am)

    Alki Girl, I can probably text 85-90 words per hour. :-)

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    And no errors? Hmmmm…..don’t know if I’d fully trust auto connect! ;-)

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    Mike

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    Silly Goose April 13, 2014 (7:11 pm)

    WOW I love these type writers, and I too learned to type every letter with the phrase “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog” like jwws, the good ole days…

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    Alki Girl April 13, 2014 (9:56 pm)

    Mike, you sound fun!!!! Wanna get married?!?!

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    Martin April 27, 2014 (7:39 pm)

    Hi typewriter lovers,

    I also love typewriters but from a somewhat different perspective. I have been collecting 19th century ones (1880s & 1890s) for 25 years.

    Please have a look at my collection and see the world’s first typing machines.

    http://www.antiquetypewriters.com

    Regards,
    Martin

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