Wednesday, January 9, 2013

TYPEWRITERS ∩ BOATS

The intersection of a Venn Diagram that contains the sets "TYPEWRITERS" and "BOATS" would contain the following images:









By way of Rob


9 comments:

  1. My father-in-law was a sailor on Subs in the 80's. He said they had Selectrics and that sometimes they had them hooked up as printers too, which I had never heard of.

    Great pictures.

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    1. So I've heard. I believe they were painted white like the 1940s Navy Radio Mills, but I might be wrong on that account. What a very cool connection!

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  2. I never thought they'd have typewriters in a submarine, of all places. Can't imagine what they were used for, other than typing reports. I bet they were used only when the subs were not in stealth mode, though... I can imagine the look on the face of a young sonar operator as he listens to a persistent "clack clack clack" under the sea.

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    1. I thought the exact same thing. Maybe they used a Noiseless machine while under the sea.

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  3. Neat pictures. Must have been wretchedly hot on those ships in the South Pacific, or in subs.

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    1. The 6th picture (the one with the fancy carpet) is the Queen Mary's radio room. From what I read it was an immensely busy room. 600 telegrams were received every day. They also had a complete wireless telephone system. IF you picked up a receiver in your stateroom you could be connected with the mainland through a very powerful wireless transceiver.

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  4. Intriguing! Two years ago, I took a Hermes 3000 with me on our houseboat holidays - worked out well!

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  5. Those are great photos. Thanks for posting them.
    I wonder were the typewriters Mills? Seems most everything government was in all upper case, at least when I worked for Army in the 70s.

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  6. Great photos! Here's another for your Venn Diagram: http://typewriterheaven.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/floating-shift.html

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