Gorgeous Victorian early typewriter


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1892 and it’s already QWERTY! Doesn’t look too ergonomical otherwise, though.


Are you implying the QWERTY layout is ergonomic?


I’ll let you try my Martinelli.


No thanks, I’ll wait for the Improved No. 5 model, wherein the paper is visible and the keys are in straight rows.


Salter still sell scales today. Their website even briefly mentions their early typewriters.


Actually, yes, that was my intention. I have not read studies that back this up nor even looked it up, but I think it is good that successive letters are often far apart on the keyboard, which requires moving around a lot and prevents clenching up in a rigid position. At least I prefer this to the way goal the DVORAK layout aspires to reach.


I had heard that the QWERTY design was based around placing frequently used keys apart so that the striking bits wouldn’t get tangled during fast typing.


Yes, exactly. And I feel that this also makes for a more pleasant typing experience, at least for me.


I’ll stick with my Clark Nova…


The Salter is one of England’s first typewriters and is a stunning example of a piece of Victorian engineering.

They couldn’t figure out how to have a straight keyboard, to actually fit human hands? I dunno if I’d call that “stunning.”




It isn’t really necessary now that so many of us have changed to golfball sytle word processors; but. I guess, it would be a pain to get used to a new layout.


Erm… can you hook me up with some… um… roach powder?


No…no, but I’ve got something tastier for you to try. The true black meat. The flesh of the giant aquatic Brazilian centipede. Are you…innarested?


I find Cory’s remark that “To see what you have typed you would have to look up and over this shield, so no slouching in the chair.” both amusing and revelatory. Those of us who learned to touch-type on typewriters, know that “see[ing] what you have typed” is a requirement only for those who can’t touch-type. In the early 70s, my printing job required the occasional use of a “blind” keyboard that had no display to see what was being typed and produced a punched paper tape for use in a phototypesetter. An employee who consistently made more than three or four errors per eight-hour shift would be fired. Nobody was fired, because nobody ever consistently made that many errors. Those of you who have to rely on a display to tell you what your muscles have been doing have my sympathy.


I dunno where I stand then. I can’t touch type, tend to glance between the keyboard and the screen. I’m often watching something on another display and am aware when I’ve made mistakes based on my semi-touch awareness and can usually correct, or begin to correct, the mistake based on the… record(?) in my mind without looking at either the keyboard or the screen.

Coping mechanisms without the benefit of learning formal techniques occupy that weird, complex space between competency and incompetency I guess. And I only appear to be getting non-formally better at my coping technique… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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