Lay for the Day 13th
the birth of George Canfield Blickensderfer, who developed the first electric
typewriter, by the astonishingly early date of 1902, although he decided
in the end not to try to put it on the market.
hugely successful manual typewriters produced by the Blickensderfer Manufacturing
Company of Stamford, Connecticut, also included one of the first and best
portables. Blick machines, as they were nicknamed, had a print
wheel, rather than the basket arrangement of keys, which made them easily
adaptable to different typefaces and languages. Consequently they were
among the worlds best-selling typewriters.
colour brochure that was prepared to promote the Electric model shows
that the supposedly modern affliction of RSI (repetitive strain injury)
has been known for a long time. Under the heading Facts for the Operator,
the brochure points out: "You will never have typewriter paralysis
from using it."
poem from the book of Praises:
Of an Adler
Would I amount to a scattered
if rain was success?
My livelihoods fingers and thumbs
and the first pool I worked
lonely as a fish
oer weeds and stones
was filled with these heavy-duty
desk-bound German eagles
(as the name translates)
all day long.
That tallish square machine
of a building was much like a clock
but when it struck one I went down in the lift.
Theyre has-beens now
and words seem less solid,
the words of commerce and government.
Peck this poem out in pica;
lend your sturdy wings-wide carriage
to the viewless ditto of poesy.
My clicking nails
run up the hill
to fetch a pail of qwertyuiop.
Have zero quid, but joys
flock of poems waxing. Believe
the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dogs.
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