Monday, September 22, 2014

Update No.2


This is the second update in the interim between official series posts, intended as both an update on the progress of the series as well as a general update.

In series news, I am learning a lot, and I hope that you do too when I finally finish it. A major revision is needed to the title, though… instead of being "The Rise and Fall of the Video Game Industry, 1960-1983" it will have to be titled "The Rise and Fall of the Video Game Industry, 1947-1983". I had no idea that the beginnings of the industry were as far back as 1947, but there you have it. I have also quite accidentally found a connection to Australia that while brief might be of interest to Mr. Robert Messenger of Oz Typewriter, and if you aren't reading his blog you should be. He does a lot of well-researched and interesting posts surprisingly frequently for their level of detail, and it really is a very interesting read. The address is

In non-series news, I have a few things to say. Firstly, I'm now on Twitter as @T1peM0nkey! I originally did this to follow @NewsTypewriter, which is an apparently sentient 1949 Royal KMG from the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper that has an amazing sense of humor!

Secondly, my collection of phonograph records just grew in a not-so-insignificant way. Five new LPs and six new 78 box sets, apparently with at least three disks in each. The 78s are all classical music since I decided that I didn't have enough classical.

I finally found a copy of Walter Lord's book 'A Night To Remember,' a factual account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic from a passenger, Mr. Lord himself. This book was made into a film in the black and white silent movie era and was very popular. Which reminds me that I'm thinking about doing a series on the Titanic next April.... any thoughts?

I added 'The Towering Inferno,' the classic 1974 Irwin Allen disaster movie, to my VHS tape collection, and I'm beginning to seriously consider LaserDisks (LD). The only thing really holding me back is the fact that I don't have a LaserDisk player, but that hasn't stopped me from dipping my toes in with two purchases: The Abyss (1989) and Twister (1996).

And here's some irony for you.... I have been practicing for the Polt/Brumfield showdown in October, and in the course of that have found a good tool to find practice material. The internet! So I find myself sitting at my typewriter with my digital copy holder, working on retyping articles and the like. How anachronistic can you get?

I hope to return soon with 'RISE OF THE REGIME, EP.1: The Rise and Fall of the Video Game Industry, 1947-1983' sometime in this following week. The post will be a pretty long one for this blog, and will be as illustrated as I can make it - finding images and getting permission to use them is the one big worry that I have about this series. If I don't personally have that particular computer or console and can take photos of it, I'll either have to link to images or put them on the blog (which is choice). That requires permissions, and I am working on finishing the research so that I can find appropriate images and get to work on said permission requests. Until next time, typosphere!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Poll Results, Pinball, and Check Writers.

From left to right, top to bottom: Atari 2600, SEGA Genesis, Nintendo NES, Nintendo GameBoy (x2), Mattel Electronic Football.

From upper left, clockwise: Protectograph Check Writer, Monarch Junior Stamping Machine, F&E Lightning Check Writer, F&E Check Writer.

The website for 'Special When Lit':

This is the machine I plan to challenge Richard Polt with at Herman Price's.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


The Typewriter Insurgency Manifesto is here:

From left to right, top to bottom: Atari 2600, SEGA Genesis, Nintendo NES, Nintendo GameBoy (x2), Mattel Electronic Football.

From left to right: Commodore 64, Commodore Plus/4, Commodore VIC-20.

The Commodore 64 computer; the best-selling computer of all time.

Did you ever wonder why I named my 'floppy disks' the way I did? Here's your answer!

64 kilobytes of memory was astounding when this computer came out.

The technical specifications are listed on the side of the box.

The 'P' in the serial number means that it was manufactured in Pennsylvania.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

-1+7, Touch-Typing LPs, Typing Challenges and A Green Royal P

-1+7, Touch-Typing LPs, Typing Challenges and A Green Royal P

Pictured: Some of the Selectrics received.

Touch Typing Made Simple
Smith-Corona 10-Day Touch Typing Course

But since this was written, I now know the answers to most of these questions. Just a heads up.

Speaking of floppy disks... Maybe I should set up a 'floppy disk' for my floppy disks. I think I have 91 of them at present, all for Commodore 64.

Mousey's full glory. I've got more shots like this that have more detail and will be shared on the first official Mousey post.

My new 1929 Royal Portable in black/green duotone. Strangely enough I am getting attached to the highlighted 'H' key. It adds a nice quirk to it.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Touching Base

The new arrival! An Underwood 315.
The namesake machine for this blog, my 1949 Smith-Corona Clipper. 

NOTE: More pictures will be added soon between the paragraphs. I just wanted to get this out there as soon as possible.