Stamps will honor some of our best designers. Of all honorees, I’m most impressed by Eliot Noyes, the guy who came up with the IBM Selectric typewriter. A wonderful - superb - machine.
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I still use a Selectric to type envelopes.
I used Selectrics for years and always liked them . Before desktop computers – remember when law firms had word processors used by the secretaries, only sometimes linked to central word processing – I used one for drafts of letters and complex provisions for insertion into documents.
In one job, I used an Executive, which had proportional spaced type – it looked good, but was not nearly as fast or as efficient as a Selectric.
I kept one around for years for envelopes and personal typing, but I finally let go a few years ago. I wish I still had it….
I had one as a teenager and adored it. Truly was one of the masterpieces both of design and style.
Guess we know the demographics of FWIW… didn’t realize what you guys were all a bunch of old farts who remember typewriters.
Me, I was of the first generation (literally the second guy in our M&A department) to use an Apple II in “combat”.
I used to love to switch balls around and change the type-style. Changing the ribbons was a pain.
In the late 19th century, a Stamford man invented a typewriter with a similar typeface head that the Selectric has:
From Made in Stamford
“…Only twenty years after the typewriter had come into practical use, a Stamford resident, George C. Blickensderfer, invented a new kind of typewriter 1892 in his small workshop at the rear of his Bedford Street home. In order produce his invention, he founded The Blickensderfer Manufacturing Company in 1889, renting space on Garden Street until the construction of a spacious factory on lower Atlantic Street in 1896. Blickensderfer’s typewriter, which featured the principle of revolving type, became the world’s best seller, and the company became one of the world’s largest typewriter manufacturers….” Photos at the Stamford Historical Society page:
That shouldn’t even be top ten. Here are a few that blow a typewriter away, right off the top of my head.
A large box of Crayola Crayons. A real thing of beauty. It looks like 100 multi colored candles, all stacked in neat little rows. And without crayons, how could you scribe all of the great books you have in developement?
T.V remote control. This may have saved Monica’s life. She lost a tons of weight when I channel surfed a lot and made her get up to change the channel.
Garter Belts – self evident on it’s face.
Beer in a can. A thing of beauty, and helps you enjoy the garter belts even more!!
Rubber bands. Can be used for practical purposes, or for fun. I always carry a few in my pocket just in case. Shoot them, snap them. Tons of fun for a relative penny!!
And glad to see you went back to the old posting format. The other one sucked monkey balls.
Elliot Noyes was a top shelf designer and figures in the Tom Watson, Jr. biography, Father and Son, Inc. A very readable tome. Here’s a link to more about Mr. Noyes including references to his New Caanan houses,
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