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

April 12, 2014 at 3:32 pm | In High Point, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 14 Comments

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.

14 Comments

  1. I took typing as an elective in high school back in the late 70s, my friends just laughed at me.
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    With a girl/boy ratio of 18:2 I took the advanced class as a senior … & they all wished they had taken typing too.
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    Today, 85-90 wpm with very few errors … not too shabby. :)

    Comment by drahcir61 — 4:11 pm April 12, 2014 #

  2. 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.

    Comment by WSB — 4:27 pm April 12, 2014 #

  3. I type. Therefore I am.

    Comment by Mark — 5:12 pm April 12, 2014 #

  4. 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

    Comment by miws — 5:14 pm April 12, 2014 #

  5. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

    Comment by Jwws — 6:34 pm April 12, 2014 #

  6. 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.

    Comment by onion — 6:57 pm April 12, 2014 #

  7. 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. :-)

    Comment by charlabob — 7:50 pm April 12, 2014 #

  8. 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

    Comment by miws — 10:09 pm April 12, 2014 #

  9. 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.

    Comment by Sue — 10:43 pm April 12, 2014 #

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

    Comment by Alki Girl — 9:36 am April 13, 2014 #

  11. 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

    Comment by miws — 10:43 am April 13, 2014 #

  12. 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…

    Comment by Silly Goose — 7:11 pm April 13, 2014 #

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

    Comment by Alki Girl — 9:56 pm April 13, 2014 #

  14. 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

    Comment by Martin — 7:39 pm April 27, 2014 #

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