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Does Anyone Use Electric Typewriters?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Margaret, Apr 25, 2006.

  1. Margaret

    Margaret Senior member

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    I need to get rid of a couple of old electric typewriters, but I would rather give them away than dump them in the trash. Does anyone have any idea if anyone still uses these for any reason? I know there are some writers who are 'old school', but those people usually have antique manual machines that they're sentimentally attached to. I don't know if anyone would have any use for electrics.
     
  2. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    I need to get rid of a couple of old electric typewriters, but I would rather give them away than dump them in the trash. Does anyone have any idea if anyone still uses these for any reason? I know there are some writers who are 'old school', but those people usually have antique manual machines that they're sentimentally attached to. I don't know if anyone would have any use for electrics.

    Well, they can be used for torture and interrogation! There was this old IBM electric I had used in the past, it would randomly zap me. Ah, bad grounding and steel body, bliss!
     
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    operationexpat Well-Known Member

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    I'm sure Goodwill or Salvation Army would take them. They take just about anything.
     
  4. Lucky Strike

    Lucky Strike Senior member

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    They're very good for forging old letters and documents, particularly the IBM Selectrics with the ability to delete letters, even in very old documents.

    Ahem - or so I've heard.
     
  5. hermes

    hermes Senior member

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    a lot of law firms still have electric typewriters around for such oddities as completing government forms that don't have writable abode versions on-line but must be typed for submission

    so they still do have application

    find a store in your city/town that services them and they may buy them for resale or parts
     
  6. LabelKing

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    I sometimes use a manual typewriter for short notes and other things.

    I've also seen electric typewriters being used in doctors' offices and police stations.
     
  7. Margaret

    Margaret Senior member

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    Good ideas, folks. Thanks.
     
  8. Horace

    Horace Senior member

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    I prefer the typewriter to the word-processor for a lot of letters and quick notes.
     
  9. acidboy

    acidboy Senior member

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    it is still widely used here in the third world. specially the non-electric kind. i think whoever makes typewriter nowadays have 3rd world government offices as their target market.
     
  10. LabelKing

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    I use an Olivetti Valentine, which was by Ettore Sottsass: [​IMG]
     
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    faustian bargain Senior member

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    that is one sweet machine. vintage?
     
  12. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    that is one sweet machine. vintage?
    Yes, late '60s. It is in the permenant collection of the MOMA along with the Olivetti Lettera 22.
     
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    Yes, late '60s. It is in the permenant collection of the MOMA along with the Olivetti Lettera 22.
    labelking, there is a sottsass exhibition at LACMA going on until the beginning of june.
     
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    LK, that is an awesome-looking machine! I'm jealous.
     

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