Friday, March 1, 2013

Justified!

ITAM is over, but it seems like Type-In season has just begun:


There is also this thing in Phoenix:


But back to the blog post. In my eternal quest for full typewriter justification, I found this little snippet:


The way that the attachment works is a mystery. From the description is seems that you note the number of spaces that remain on the line after typing. Some sort of pointer and ruler help you do this. In retyping, a knob s allows you to set the number of spaces to drop into the line to fully justify it. Maybe its something that fiddles with the spacer mechanism. The possibilities are very interesting. Maybe this is something that can be replicated if I channel my inner Thomas Edison.

4 comments:

  1. Hmmm, that is a lousy little article from Popular Science because it shows us the indicator but not the actual mechanism, as you say.

    The Varityper DSJ could automatically justify a line. You had to type the line once (without actual printing), then type it again with printing and the mechanism would space it appropriately. But exactly how this works, I can't explain.

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  2. If you like to read in Spanish, my brother taught me a way to justify text on a typewriter. It's relatively simple and works perfectly in our little Lettera 32. You can find all about it here:

    http://modernidadyobsolescencia.blogspot.mx/2012/05/justificando-texto-en-una-maquina-de.html

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  3. Was this a specific feature of a Remington typer? I can't tell if this machine is special because of a wild spacing mechanism, or just has a funky ribbon cover (like for carbon ribbons.)

    I doubt any add-on can be worked into the spacer easily, though it wouldn't be the first time I've shown my ignorance on the net. I'd more expect it to be a reminder and a counter. It would seem to be deeply hooked in to the escapement otherwise, right?

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  4. I can't see how it would work. My guess is sloppy journalism. It just looks like an index to show how many spaces there are left in a certain measure and then you retype the line distributing those spaces more or less evenly between the words.

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