INTRODUCTION

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Faster than writing with a pen

If ‘technology’ is that which is invented after we are born, and ‘stuff’ is that which has always been around, for those born now, computers, the internet and mobile phones are just stuff – in fact, it would be impossible for recent generations to imagine a world without these things. This was the world that the typewriter lived in.

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The Remington Standard Typewriter manual (c. 1890)

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‘To Save Time is to Lengthen Life’: the typewriter offered a world of opportunities, a better way of life, a better way of living – a promise reflected in the sophistication of its design, its colours and its advertising. ...

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