Monday, July 4, 2011

The Deathstar






6 comments:

  1. I must say that I agree with you about Courier being a bit boring, especially on a Selectric. In a machine like that, which was trying to make things more "modern" you'd think they'd just keep moving forward. Ah well, it's still one of my favorite typefaces in general - I actually have a tattoo in Courier New.

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  2. I have the privilege of being long-term care-taker of a bright red Selectric II, on loan from a close friend whose favorite author was Hunter S. Thompson, who also wrote on a bright red Selectric.

    The machine, it currently resides in a closet. I'm hoping that by sheer osmosis the spirit of Hunter's writing skill will somehow pervade the other manual machines residing in the same closet. So far, no dice.

    P.S. - May have to break out Hunter one of these days and do some gonzo journalism of my own.

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  3. Wow Joe!! I'm super jealous!! I have a tan II but always wanted a red one. If you (or whoever owns it) ever wants to donate it to a very excited collector, keep me in mind! ;u)

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  4. The school colors where I teach are red and green. We have Selectrics in both of those colors.

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  5. The Selectric finds your lack of faith disturbing.

    I tend to veer more towards manuals myself, but my black Correcting Selectric II is my go-to machine when cleanliness counts. I love the look of a sharply typed tax form.

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  6. I always thought the Selectrics were annoyingly loud, until I read Will Davis's story of the Amish guy who had his Selectric powered by a lawn mower engine. Now THAT's loud.

    I've got a red Selectric II and a green Personal Selectric. Neither is working that great currently.

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